6 8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mindanao, Philippines

southern Philippines hit by six point
eight magnitude earthquake USGS a six point eight magnitude earthquake hit the
southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday December fifteenth geologists
said the same area struck by a string of deadly tremors in October people rushed
from homes and restaurants set swaying by the strong jolt south of the populous
city of Davao and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and seismology
said it was expecting damage there was no threat of a tsunami said the US
Geological Survey which initially reported the magnitude at six point nine
the Philippines suffers regular tremors as part of the Pacific Ring of Fire an
arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast
Asia and across the Pacific Basin three quakes above 6.0 magnitude hit roughly
the same area of Mindanao in a matter of weeks in October killing some two dozen
people and heavily damaging office buildings schools and apartments tens of
thousands of people were forced into shelters by the string of tremors the
government said either because their homes were damaged or they were too
afraid to return most of the deaths in October were due to collapsing walls and
falling debris including a teenage boy who was crushed by a falling wall as he
tried to escape his school however other fatalities were attributed
to rock and landslides unleashed by the violent shaking that injured at least
400 people in hard-hit areas where aid took some time to rise some villagers
staying under tents near a highway begged for help from passing motorists
carrying placards asking for food and water
in the wake of the tremors rescuers went from town to town looking for casualties
but also urging families to leave homes endangered by landslides while several
residents trapped in mountainous villages had been airlifted to safety
the Philippines has been hit by very powerful earthquakes in recent decades
including a 7.8 magnitude that struck the northern resort town of Baguio in
1990 that tremor toppled tall multi-story buildings and hotels killing
some 1,200 people

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