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November 17, 2023 6:35 AM EST

A strong 6.8 magnitude undersea earthquake rocked the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 17, officers stated. The quake occurred within the southern Mindanao area at 4:14 p.m. native time. Though initially logged as having a magnitude of seven.2, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) later downgraded the earthquake to six.8m, native information reported.

There may be at the moment no tsunami warning in impact, and no instantly reported accidents or casualties. Nevertheless, Amor Mio, the police chief of Koronadal metropolis, close to the quake’s epicenter, advised Reuters they had been nonetheless checking.

Movies shared by a neighborhood information outlet seem to point out folks evacuating from a hospital and huddling on the ground of a shopping center, amid thunderous shakes in Normal Santos metropolis in South Cotabato.

TINGNAN: Nagdulot ng pangamba sa isang mall sa Normal Santos Metropolis nang yumanig at maglaglagan ang particles sa kasagsagan ng magnitude 6.8 na lindol na naitala ang episentro sa Davao Occidental. (📹: Gregorio Narajos) | through Chat Ansagay

— ABS-CBN Information (@ABSCBNNews) November 17, 2023

Radio announcer Leny Aranego is quoted as telling the native DZRH radio station that the quake broken partitions and toppled computer systems from desks.

Earthquakes are frequent within the Philippines. The nation lies on the “Ring of Hearth,” a belt of volcanoes circling the Pacific Ocean, vulnerable to seismic exercise, Reuters reported.

With further reporting from Chad de Guzman.

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