A pregnant woman has been killed in a major earthquake in the southern Philippines. Another four people were injured when the earth shook off the coast of Mindanao island at 10:37 pm local time on Saturday evening, Defense Minister Gilbert Teodoro said on Sunday. Police said the woman died in the rubble of a collapsed house in Davao Del Norte province.
People in the southern Philippines remained concerned Sunday as hundreds of aftershocks struck. The aftershocks could last for days or even weeks, said Teresito Bacolcol, director of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Philippines (Phivolcs). More than 500 aftershocks had already been measured on Sunday. One reached a magnitude of 6.0 in the evening, the institute announced. There were initially no reports of casualties or damage.
“Destructive tsunami with life-threatening wave heights”
The American Earthquake Observatory USGS reported on Saturday evening that the first earthquake had a magnitude of 7.6. According to Phivolcs, the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.4. Deviations in measurements are not uncommon. The earthquake occurred off the coast of Surigao Del Sur province in the east of the island of Mindanao – more than 900 kilometers south of the capital Manila.
Phivolcs had initially warned of a possible “destructive tsunami with life-threatening wave heights”. Residents were asked to move to higher ground or inland. The institute gave the signal on Sunday evening. Ultimately, it reported waves of less than one meter in coastal areas.
Most geologically active zone on Earth
Authorities said two bridges were damaged. After a power outage, most power has been restored. Damaged buildings could be seen in images posted to social media. Video footage showed people running in panic from a mall in Davao City, while other footage showed people screaming among shaking tables and chairs at a bar.
The island nation is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the most geologically active zone on Earth. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are common there. In 1990, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake caused severe destruction on the island of Luzon. More than 2,400 people died then. (SDA)
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