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.
M7.1 #earthquake (#lindol) strikes 234 km SE of #Caburan (#Philippines) 13 min ago. Effects reported by eyewitnesses: pic.twitter.com/9efpJbF0cq
— EMSC (@LastQuake) January 21, 2021