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USGS: 6.8 earthquake strikes Mindanao island in the southern Philippines

DAVAO, Philippines – A major earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Tuesday morning, wiping out power in some areas, sending people out of homes and buildings and forcing classes to be shut down in a city to allow school building inspections.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or damage from the earthquake, which the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology said was an original size of 6.6 and was caused by movement in a local fault about 7 kilometers deep about 25 kilometers northeast of Tulunan town in Cotabato Province. U.S. The Geological Survey reported that the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.8.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte suspended school classes to allow authorities to inspect buildings for possible damage following the recent earthquake that hit the region in recent weeks.

An earthquake 6.3 earlier this month in the same region killed five people and caused damage to several schools and other buildings.

In July, two earthquakes struck hours apart from a group of sparsely populated islands in the Luzon Strait in the northern Philippines, killing eight people.

Seismic activity is common in the Philippines, located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, the ring of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the earthquakes occur.

An earthquake of 7.7 killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.

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