At least one person died as a result of the strong earthquake that hit the Philippines on Saturday. It had a magnitude of 7.5. More than 600 aftershocks were recorded, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported.
The earthquake occurred late Saturday evening on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. It had a magnitude of 7.5, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported. More than 600 aftershocks were recorded, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported. The quake occurred at a depth of 32.8 kilometers.
A woman was killed in the city of Tagum, located in Davao del Norte province. A wall collapsed on her as she and her family fled their home in search of a safe place, natural disaster official Mon Cabonilas said.
In the coastal city of Carrascal in Surigao del Sur province, all evacuees have returned to their homes. “We are ready in case we need to evacuate again,” a disaster official said. The Philippine Coast Guard has put all its ships and aircraft on alert.
– Aftershocks are felt all the time. Last night we were at the evacuation center, including my two foreign guests. One of them has already returned to the hotel, 51-year-old Julita Bicap told Reuters.
Authorities reported minor damage to homes, while the aviation agency reported minor cracks in wall tiles at some regional airports.
A small tsunami
A small tsunami was observed on Sunday in areas along Japan’s Pacific coast after an earthquake hit the southern Philippines, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
A tsunami with a height of up to 40 centimeters was recorded on Hachijo Island. Waves up to 20 centimeters high occurred in coastal areas of Wakayama and Kochi prefectures in western Japan.
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