Philippines: 6.4 magnitude quake hits Philippines sends people scrambling
A measure 6.4 shock hit central Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, revealing cracks in some structures, sending citizens running from shops and buildings and knocking out power.
There was no direct news of fatalities from the quake, which also fluctuated Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte and between the several crowded centers in the nation.
The US Geological Survey stated the earthquake beat 69 km (43 miles) north-northwest of General Santos, Mindanao at 1137 GMT (7.37 pm). The epicenter was approximately 80 km southwest of central Davao.
“We felt a very strong jolt and there was a blackout. I saw people rushing down. We were panicking, heading to the exit,” said Naru Guarda Cabaddu, a hotel specialist touring Kidapawan City, connecting the epicenter of the tremor and Davao.
The tremor struck at a bottom of 14 km (9 miles).
“So far, we are on speedy assessment mode. There’s no significant damage based on the initial report,” Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista told CNN Philippines channel. “No statements have come in that we have fatalities.”
Renato Solidum, head of the Philippines seismic bureau reported ANC news channel there was a possibility of aftershocks after the tremor, considered strong and capable of generating severe accident.
“Aftershocks can happen. Some can be felt multiple likely in low enthusiasm. But we cannot dismiss the chance of similar emotions that can be felt in the epicentral region,” he stated.
The Philippines is on the geologically vibrant Pacific Ring of Fire and undergoing frequent earthquakes.