Manila - SPA
Powerful Earthquake Hits Southern Philippines

A strong earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Saturday,
government seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of
injuries or major damage.

According to dpa, the magnitude-6.4 tremor forced thousands of
people to evacuate buildings in Davao City, 957 kilometres south of
Manila, where the quake was felt at its strongest, local police said.

The quake's epicentre was located 27 kilometres from the town of
Manay in Davao Oriental province, according to the Philippine Institute
of Volcanology and Seismology.

The earthquake was also felt as far away as Cotabato City, more than 245 kilometres west of Manay, the institute said.

Residents of Davao City posted photos on social media of people
rushing out of malls and other buildings, showing shattered glass
windows and cracked cement walls.

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