Strong earthquake made victims in Philippines

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More than two dozen people were injured in collapsed houses. Hospital patients were evacuated into the streets. The earthquake was centered about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Columbio and had a depth of only 14 kilometers. Some areas lost power due to the quake and a fire broke out in a shopping mall in General Santos city. In the farming town of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur province, more than 20 villagers were injured by falling objects in their homes. The quake knocked out power in Kidapawan city, a key regional transport hub, officials said. Other four deaths were reported later including a man who suffered a heart attack as a result of the shock and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

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Around 5am Thursday, another 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit Davao Oriental province. The Philippines has frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity because it lies on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a seismically active arc of volcanos and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. A magnitude 7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.

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