A strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Philippines early on Tuesday causing at least four deaths in a building collapse.
The earthquake was originally reported as a 7.4 event but was later downgraded to a 7.2 magnitude by the USGS. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami.
The epicenter of the tremor was located at a depth of 56.8 km (33 miles) around Bohol island, to the north of Mindanao island, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. Within minutes the quake was followed by three aftershocks of 5.4, 5.3, and5.2 magnitudes.
Four people were killed in a building collapse in the Philippines’ second most populous city of Cebu, located within 70 kilometers of the epicenter of the earthquake, Reuters quoted National Disaster Agency as saying.
Witnessed reported trees shaking and buildings being damaged, followed by intense aftershocks in the area. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also noted that quakes of such magnitude can lead to local tsunamis, which are usually destructive along the coasts within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake’s epicenter. (SOURCE)
Another earthquake struck the philippines in June 2013. Have a thought for the victims and tjeir families!