Philippines struck by a 7.0 magnitude Earthquake
An earthquake with the magnitude of 7.0 hit Philippines on Thursday. Earthquake hit about 193 miles (310 kilometres ) southeast of Davao city on the main southern island of Mindanao at a depth of 59 miles (95 kilometres) at 8:23 pm local time.
Residents in the town of Jose Abad Santos, near the southern tip of the island, lost electricity for about 15 minutes after the quake shook the region but there was no damage, officials said. No reports of immediate warning were issued or a tsunami warning was given.
The earthquake was felt in the nearby cities as well. The earthquake was felt so intensely because it was a major one and was deep into the earth, which does not cause much damage to the infrastructure. The southern Davao region of Philippines, has often been hit by the earthquakes in the recent years, caused due to the fault lines.
The Philippines is very close to the ‘Ring of Fire’ which are an arc of faults around the Pacific ocean that happen to cause the most amount of earthquakes in the world. Numerous typhoons and storms also hit The Philippines each year making it one of the most disaster prone countries in the world.