6.7-magnitude quake in southern Philippines kills four, damages infrastructure

An earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines late on Friday (Feb 10), damaging some structures and cutting power in many areas.
An earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines late on Friday (Feb 10), damaging some structures and cutting power in many areas.PHOTO: AFP
A parked vehicle trapped under debris from a damaged school building after an earthquake in Surigao City, in the southern island of Mindanao, on Feb 11, 2017.
A parked vehicle trapped under debris from a damaged school building after an earthquake in Surigao City, in the southern island of Mindanao, on Feb 11, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
Motorists passing a building after an earthquake in Surigao City, in the southern island of Mindanao, on Feb 11, 2017.
Motorists passing a building after an earthquake in Surigao City, in the southern island of Mindanao, on Feb 11, 2017. PHOTO: AFP
A man inspecting Caraga Regional hospital after an earthquake in Surigao city, southern Philippines, on Feb 10, 2017.
A man inspecting Caraga Regional hospital after an earthquake in Surigao city, southern Philippines, on Feb 10, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS
Patients of Miranda Family hospital staying outside after an earthquake in Surigao city, southern Philippines, on Feb 10, 2017.
Patients of Miranda Family hospital staying outside after an earthquake in Surigao city, southern Philippines, on Feb 10, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS
An injured woman with her family members at a hospital in Surigao City, southern island of Mindanao, on Feb 11, 2017.
An injured woman with her family members at a hospital in Surigao City, southern island of Mindanao, on Feb 11, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
Hospital patients taking shelter in a pedestrian-waiting shed for safety after an earthquake in Surigao City, southern island of Mindanao, on Feb 11, 2017.
Hospital patients taking shelter in a pedestrian-waiting shed for safety after an earthquake in Surigao City, southern island of Mindanao, on Feb 11, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (REUTERS) - Four people died and more than 100 were injured after a powerful earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines late Friday (Feb 10), damaging some structures and cutting power in many areas, local officials said.

The 6.7 earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km and the epicentre was about 13 km east of the city of Surigao, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was no tsunami threat from the earthquake.

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

Friday's quake was the strongest since the city was rocked by a 6.9 quake in 1879, Solidum said.

People rushed to open spaces and spent the night in parks and shelter areas, according to radio reports.

Power lines were down, water supply was interrupted, a bridge and a hotel collapsed and some homes were damaged, Surigao City Councilor Rise Recabo told DZRH radio.

Officials closed Surigao's airport because of cracks on the runway.

The Philippines is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes.