People fled into the streets as a result of the 6.7 % magnitude earthquake that hit the Mindanao region mid-afternoon on Friday. The earthquake also caused power outages and partially collapsed the ceiling of one shopping mall.
A woman was killed when falling debris from a mall in General Santos City, according to Ari Noel Cardos, the city’s police chief.
A couple was found dead in General Santos after being pinned under a concrete wall that was collapsing, according to police earlier.
According to police officer Paul Mesalido, another person was killed when a steel building collapsed in the Sarangani province municipality of Glan.
Rescuer Daniel Nocos told AFP that on Saturday, firefighters in a remote mountain village about four hours ‘ drive from Glan were looking for two people they believed were buried beneath landslides.
According to Nocos, the village chief informed us that a mother and her child were buried beneath the debris.
Due to poor roads and a damaged bridge, he claimed that an excavator had been dispatched to assist with the search but had not yet arrived in the area.
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A second death occurred in Glan and another in the neighboring Malapatan municipality, according to the Manila-based National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, but no further information was provided.
A large rock that fell down a hill close to an elderly man’s home in the neighboring province of Davao Occidental, according to police officer Patrick Laurente, killed him.
According to the disaster agency, 450 people received treatment for panic and breathing problems while two people were hurt in General Santos.
Rescuers reported that the earthquake damaged 32 roads and bridges in the area as well as 60 homes in four provinces.
The Cotabato trench, a long, narrow depression on the seafloor that serves as the boundary between two tectonic plates, is thought to have caused the earthquake, according to the state seismology service.
The Philippines, which is located along the Pacific” Ring of Fire,” an arc of intense seismic and volcanic activity that spans from Japan through Southeast Asia and the entire Pacific basin, experiences a lot of earthquakes.
Most are too frail for humans to feel.