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Powerful earthquake strikes Mindanao, Philippines

On the morning of Saturday 11th, February at 1.00am, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck killing at least six people in the southern Philippines, injured about 120 others, damaged buildings and the airport.

It woke residents from sleep in Surigao del Norte province on the island of Mindanao, cutting power and sending hundreds to flee their homes. The quake was centred about 14km north-west of the provincial capital of Surigao at a relatively shallow depth of 11km, said Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology. Nearly 100 aftershocks have been felt, officials said, adding schools were being reopened as evacuation centres for residents wary of returning to their damaged homes.

Several mostly low-slung buildings and schools sustained cracks in the coastal city and a bridge collapsed in an outlying town.

Rescue teams were checking for possible casualties in a village called Poknoy in the city of 140,500 people.

Top image: ShakeMap courtesy of Earthquake Hazard Program

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