7.0-magnitude quake strikes Philippines, no damage reported

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Debris are scattered on the floor of a damaged store a day after a strong quake struck in Digos, Davao del Sur province, southern Philippines Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. A powerful and shallow earthquake hit several southern Philippine provinces Wednesday night injuring some people in collapsed houses and prompting thousands to scramble out of homes, shopping malls and a hospital in panic, officials and news reports said. (AP Photo)

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MANILA: A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippines Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued.

The quake hit about 310km southeast of Davao city on the main southern island of Mindanao at a depth of 95km at 8.23pm local time, according to USGS.

Residents in Jose Abad Santos town near the southern tip of the island lost electricity for about 15 minutes after the quake shook the region but there was no damage, police chief Captain Glabynarry Murillo told AFP.

“From our vantage point at the police station we saw many residents rushing outside,” said Murillo.

“We also rushed outside because the police station is a three-storey building.”

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned of aftershocks but said damage was not expected.

“It was felt extensively because it’s a major earthquake but it’s deep so it won’t be damaging to the infrastructure because it’s considerably far (from the island),” Renato Solidum, director of the institute, told DZBB radio station.

The Philippines is regularly rocked by quakes due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.