The southern Philippines has been shaken by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake, Sunday. It is the latest in a serious to strike the island in recent months.
The quake struck an area about 3.7 miles northwest of Padada town in Davao del Sur province at a depth of 18 miles, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The earthquake caused the collapse of a three-story building in Padada. A six-year-old girl was among three people killed. A market in Padada had collapsed. Videos posted on social media showed hotel pools dramatically overflowing and mass evacuations of shoppers from malls. Schools had been severely damaged. The full extent of the damage is currently unclear. There were several aftershocks in nearby provinces, including a 5.7 magnitude.
Officials in the southern cities of Davao and Cotabato, where the quake was felt strongly, suspended classes for Monday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has said that there is no tsunami threat as a result of the quake. In October another series of 6.6 and 6.5-magnitude quakes struck Mindanao, killing 14 and injuring more than 400. The Philippine archipelago lies on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire.” It often experiences earthquakes.