A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the southern Philippines on September 8, 2018, sending frightened residents fleeing from buildings. The quake struck off the coast of the southern town of Manay at about 3.16pm at a depth of 14km causing some damage in homes and buildings. However, there are no reports of serious destruction.
The earthquake was of tectonic nature, meaning it was induced by the movement of magma lying beneath the surface of the Earth. USGS earlier put the quake at a strength of 6.4 before downgrading it to M6.1.
Davao City, Mati City and Davao Oriental were the towns, all located on Mindanao, which felt the earthquake the most and where a lot of people ran from their homes because a lot of items were falling inside.
The Philippines lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
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.