A powerful M7.0 earthquake hit offshore Philippines, 210 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Pondaguitan in Davao Occidental province, on January 21, 2021.
Although shaking homes and businesses on firm ground, the big jolt was too deep (95.8 kilometers or 60 miles under the sea level) to cause major damage and/or a tsunami.
In Davao city, some residents ran out of their houses as the ground shook, while power cables and business signs swayed. There have been no reports of damage or injuries yet.
The earthquake was felt across the southern parts of the Philippines.
Since the Philippines lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” it is continuously battered by powerful earthquakes. In addition, about 20 typhoons and tropical storms lash the region each year, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.
Meanwhile in Indonesia, just south of the Philippines, a M6.2 earthquake recently killed 73 people, a mini tsunami flooded and destroyed parts of a city and the Semeru volcano erupted violently… and that just in the last 5 days.