Philippines' 6.7 magnitude quake kills 15, more than 100 injured

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Strikes Southern Philippines

Photo taken on February 11, 2017 shows the scene of a damaged building after a 6.7 magnitude quake striking in Surigao City in Southern Philippine province of Surigao del Norte. The late Friday quake roused residents from sleep in Surigao del Norte province, sending hundreds to flee their homes.

A woman arranges some of her possessions after she was saved from her home wrecked by the strong natural disaster in Surigao City on Friday night.

Initial reports indicated that the quake also collapsed the Ana-aon Bridge in San Francisco town, with some roads reported partly damaged.

"Rescuers pulled out a man pinned by a collapsed wall in his house but he died and was no longer brought to a hospital", Gonzales said by telephone.

The Philippines is part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where earthquakes and eruptions are frequent due to intense seismic activity. Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology said the quake was caused by shifts in the Philippine fault, which lies in the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.

Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez, 4th Infantry Division spokesman, said the quake also wrecked the bridge in Barangay Anao-aon in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte.

"We advise our people to continue to be alert for aftershocks", Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

The city's airport also faced temporary closure on account of cracks in the runway, aviation officials said.

Two flights from Manila head for Surigao and back daily, by Cebu Pacific and PAL Express.

A total of 109,501 family food packs (FFPs) worth more than P42.2 million, and food and non-food items worth more than P124 million are on standby, ready to be distributed if affected areas need augmentation.


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