6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Philippines: USGS

A hallway damaged by an earthquake in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines, on Sept 8, 2018.
A hallway damaged by an earthquake in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines, on Sept 8, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS/ GARDO DAGONDON
There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage from the quake, which hit the east coast of the island of Mindanao.
There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage from the quake, which hit the east coast of the island of Mindanao.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV

MANILA (REUTERS) - A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Saturday (Sept 8), sending frightened residents fleeing from buildings, officials and eyewitnesses said. 

The quake struck off the coast of the southern town of Manay at about 3.16pm at a depth of 14km, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a statement.  The institute said it expects the earthquake to have caused some damage but it and the local civil defence office said there were no immediate reports of serious destruction. 

“A lot of people ran from their homes because a lot of items were falling inside,” Phivolcs science researcher John Deximo told AFP. 

The Philippines lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.  At least two people were killed and scores injured when a 6.5-magnitude quake struck the central Philippines in July 2017. 

The most recent major quake to hit the Philippines was in 2013 when a 7.1-magnitude quake left more than 220 people dead and destroyed historic churches in the central islands.