The US Geological Survey said that a 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Tuesday. There were no reports of fatalities or significant damage.
In the mountainous gold-mining region of Davao de Oro on Mindanao island, a few kilometers from Maragusan municipality, the shallow earthquake occurred at around 2:00 pm (0600 GMT).
Local authorities stated there have been no reports of significant damage, despite shallow earthquakes often doing more damage than deeper ones.
There had been a landslide close to a road, Cherrylyn Dapiton of the Maragusan disaster office acknowledged, but no one had been harmed or traffic had been halted.
Images posted on the local government’s Facebook page showed patients outside of a hospital on beds or in wheelchairs after they were taken out of the building.
According to Corporal Stephanie Clemen of the police in the city of Tagum, which is roughly 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Maragusan, the quake lasted for around 30 seconds and was followed by aftershocks.
“We immediately went under our desks and when the ground stopped shaking we went straight outside,”
“We are still outside because a moderate aftershock just hit.”
The quake was strong enough to “create dread,” despite the fact that it didn’t appear to have destroyed anything, according to Clemen.