Strong quakes hit south Philippines, injuries reported

Strong quakes hit south Philippines, injuries reported

Strong quakes hit south Philippines, injuries reported

The quake struck 26 km (16 miles) northeast of Tulunan, Cotabato at 9:04 am (0104 GMT), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake also shook nearby provinces and cities, including Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte and among the most populous cities in the country.

Cracks appeared in the walls and ceiling of a hospital in the southern city of Kidapawan as doctors and nurses carried out an evacuation, the station reported.

Several cities and towns suspended classes to allow inspections of school buildings.

A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte urged people on Mindanao not to panic.

Photos from the area showed some significant structural damage.

This handout video grab taken on October 29, 2019 from the Facebook page of Anthony Allaga shows residents standing next to motorcycles under a temporary shelter after it collapsed during a 6.6-magnitude quake in Magsaysay, Daval del Sur province on the southern island of Mindanao.

The natural disaster was the second powerful quake to strike Mindanao in two weeks.

"The location is nearly the same as the one on Oct 16", said Erlinton Olavere, a research specialist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Rescue volunteers of the KCC Mall in Koronadal City, South Cotabato attend to several employees who fainted after another strong quake rocked the area past 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Residents fled homes across the Mindanao region and a mall caught fire in the city of General Santos shortly after the quake struck on October 16.

A magnitude 7.7 quake killed almost 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.

Terrified locals ran into the streets after the shallow quake, which hit the island of Mindanao as schools and offices opened for the day.

The Philippines lies in the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur.

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