Asia & Pacific

Powerful 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Philippines

Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions often shake the archipelago nation, as the Philippines is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire.

The quake, with a magnitude of 7.0, hit 213 km from the city of Pondaguitan on the island of Mindanao, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The epicentre was located at a depth of 138.9 kilometres.

So far, there have been no reports of any damages or casualties caused by the earthquake and local authorities have not issued a tsunami alert.

According to local news outlet Inquirer, residents of Davao, a major Philippine commercial centre, felt the tremor as well.

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