A strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hit 7km ENE of Columbio, Philippines on October 16, 2019, sending people running in the streets.
At least five dead with dozens more reported injured. The strong quake caused landslides and a fire at a shopping mall. Damage and widespread power outages have been reported while aftershocks rattle the region.
A landslide and building damage caused by a strong earthquake in the southern Philippines killed four people and injured dozens.
A mother and child died and 28 more were injured in an earthquake-triggered landslide in Magsaysay town, where another child was killed by a collapsed house wall.
Another seven-year-old girl from Datu Paglas towndied when a wall collapsed and a man died from a heart attack in M’lang town.
TINGNAN: Nag-panic ang ilang tao sa SM City General Santos nang yanigin ng lindol ang lugar. (📽 Will Yncierto) | via Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News pic.twitter.com/aBrRMnuqor— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) October 16, 2019
The magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit North Cotabato around 7:37 p.m. (local time) Wednesday, October 16, with the epicenter located 23 kilometers southwest of Makilala town.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said damage and aftershocks are expected as the quake was shallow, with a depth of only 15 kilometers.
#BREAKING : Philippines – General Santos City mall on fire after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit near the Philippine island of Mindanao. #Earthquake #Philippines— Shark NewsWires (@SharkNewsWires) October 16, 2019
Video : Nestor Mamonpic.twitter.com/kCoie6rLTv
Residents ran from their homes and offices in panic and a shopping centre was set ablaze during the intense shaking in central Mindanao, the country’s second-largest island.
Authorities advised residents to stay out of homes that may have suffered cracks and been weakened.
Patients were evacuated out of a hospital to ensure their safety during the quake. Several buildings were damaged. Schools in quake-hit areas suspended classes on Thursday so buildings can be inspected for damage.
A significant #earthquake of magnitude 6.4 has occurred this morning in the #Philippines, causing widespread damage, power outages, several injuries, and a large fire. Just a reminder that we have fault lines in the Ohio Valley as well, and we should always be prepared. pic.twitter.com/SrUxLnTNDU— Beth Carpenter | TDS Weather (@B_Carp01) October 16, 2019
As of 10 p.m., several aftershocks have so far been recorded and felt. Among them, three moderate tremors struck Mindanao, near Columbio in Sultan Kudarat.
Residents in Davao City evacuated from malls and buildings when the M6.4 earthquake struck.
LOOK: Cracked walls at the Cor Jesu College in Digos City, Davao del Sur following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake.— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) October 16, 2019
📷: Sum Ng pic.twitter.com/CNAsFeHG83
“It was frightening and funny at the same time. I didn’t know how we got out of the shop in less than a minute),” said Mark Anthony Cutamura in an interview with SunStar Davao.
Cutamura was having a facial treatment inside a mall in Davao City when the tremor struck. He left the mall still with his facial mask on.
People who trooped to GMall in Davao City also rushed outside the building in panic.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued no tsunami warning following the quake.
After a few days of rest, Mother Earth is releasing a lot of pressure again. I hope you are prepared, because the next one could strike just around your corner! Suddenly… and without notice! [ AlJazeera, Yahoo, SunStar, Independent]