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6.4 magnitude earthquake at Philippines sends Folks scrambling

Last updated on October 17, 2019

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck central Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, starting cracks in some buildings, sending residents running out of stores and offices and knocking out electricity.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the earthquake, which also shook Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte and one of the most populous cities in the nation.

The epicentre was approximately 80 km south of fundamental Davao.

“We felt that a very powerful shock and there was a blackout. We had been panicking, heading into the departure,” stated Naru Guarda Cabaddu, a resort consultant visiting Kidapawan City, involving the epicentre of the quake and Davao.

“So far, we’re on quick assessment mode. There is no significant harm based on first report,” Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista told CNN Philippines station. “No reports have come in we have casualties.”

Renato Solidum, mind of the Philippines seismic bureau told ANC news station there was a prospect of aftershocks following the quake, believed powerful and capable of causing severe harm.

“Aftershocks can occur. Some could be felt probably in reduced intensities. However, we can’t get rid of the chance of comparable intensities which may be felt in the epicentral region,” he explained.

The Philippines is about the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes.