Strong Quake Leaves Many Dead in🇵🇭 Philippines Island

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At least five people were killed and 60 injured after a magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit the island of Mindanao, southern Philippines, local media reported Thursday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) registered the earthquake on Wednesday at 7.37 pm local time (11.37 GMT) at magnitude-6.3 at a depth of 15 km.

The quake was followed by some 246 aftershocks, including two tremors above magnitude-5, according to Phivolcs.

In Tulum, North Cotabato province, a seven-year-old girl died in house collapse due to the earthquake, the epicentre of which was located 22 km from the city.

In the nearby city of Kidapawan, a man died of a heart attack during the tremor, which had a magnitude of 6.4 at a depth of 14.1 km according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Another two-year-old girl died in a house collapse, and two people died due to a landslide in the city of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur province, according to Phivolcs.

In Magsaysay, most homes were "totally destroyed," said city hall spokesman Anthony Allada.

In General Santos, also in Davao del Sur, a shopping center caught fire after the earthquake, although an official casualty count has not been disclosed.

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