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Earthquake of magnitude 7.2 shocks the Philippines

On Friday, a strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Philippines, although there were no early reports of casualties or property damage.

The offshore earthquake happened at 4.14 p.m. (local time) and hit at a depth of 10 km, about 30 km southwest of Sarangani town in the Davao Occidental area, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, as reported by Xinhua news agency.

According to the institution, there will be damage and aftershocks from the tectonic earthquake.

Furthermore, it was not immediately known whether a tsunami alarm had been prompted by the earthquake.

Strong vibrations from the earthquake were also detected in the neighboring provinces and general Santos City on the island of Mindanao.

The archipelagic Philippines is situated in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” which causes regular earthquake activity.

 

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