Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

At least 6 die in Philippines quake

At least 6 die in Philippines quake

Seven people have died and 120 others injured in a 6.7 magnitude quake that rattled Surigao City in the southern Philippines Friday night, the city mayor said Saturday.

Local officials said that about 90 people were injured following the quake, which also damaged buildings - including an airport, and also cut power supply in some affected areas.

The magnitude 6.7 quake hit northeast of the city of Surigao in the Mindanao region late Friday. Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology said the natural disaster was caused by shifts in the Philippine fault, which lies in the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.

Most of injured were hurt by falling objects at the height of the natural disaster that delivered more than 100 aftershocks since Friday evening, with magnitudes ranging from 2.0 to 3.7.

He said four of the victims died due to falling debris, one due to cardiac arrest and one was hit by a wall that collapsed in the tremor.

Renato Solidum, head of the Philippines' seismic agency, said on Saturday morning that 89 aftershocks had been recorded and more could be expected but they were unlikely to cause significant damage.

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Among the buildings destroyed was the Surigao State College of Technology that had its façade collapse.

MANILA-Assorted damage has been reported in Surigao City due to the 6.7-magnitude quake that struck the locality at 10:03 p.m. Friday.

"The shaking was so strong I could hardly stand", coast guard personnel Rayner Neil Elopre told The Associated Press by telephone.

Village leaders asked residents to move to a school building on higher ground, officals said.

The quake was tectonic in origin, the Philvolcs said.

A magnitude 7.7 quake killed almost 2,000 people on the northern island of Luzon in 1990.

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