October 20, 2017

6 killed in Philippines earthquake

6 killed in Philippines earthquake

Officials are combing through cracked buildings looking for more casualties after t he earthquake struck late on Friday with a magnitude of 6.5.

It roused residents from sleep in Surigao del Norte province and hundreds had to flee their homes.

The earthquake’s centre was about 14 kilometres (eight miles) north west of the provincial capital of Surigao at a relatively shallow depth of 10km (six miles), said Renato Solidum, of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology. Nearly 100 aftershocks have been felt, officials said.

Evacuation centres took in worried residents overnight but many have returned home, welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo said. She said officials were assessing the damage in Surigao city and outlying towns. Mr Solidum said the earthquake was set off by movement in a segment of the Philippine fault, which sits in the Pacific so-called Ring of Fire where tremors and volcanoes are common.

At least six people were killed, some after being hit by falling debris and concrete walls, provincial disaster-response official Gilbert Gonzales said. Read more 

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