The US Geological Survey reported that a 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Tuesday (Mar 7), although there were no reports of fatalities or significant property damage.
In the mountainous gold-mining region of Davao de Oro on Mindanao island, a few kilometers from Maragusan municipality, the earthquake struck at around 2 p.m. local time (0600 GMT).
There had been a landslide close to a road, Cherrylyn Dapiton of the Maragusan disaster office acknowledged, but no one had been harmed or traffic had been halted.
According to Corporal Stephanie Clemen of the police in the city of Tagum, which is about 40 kilometers from Maragusan, the earthquake lasted for around 30 seconds and was followed by aftershocks.
“We immediately went under our desks and when the ground stopped shaking we went straight outside,” Clemen told AFP.
“We are still outside because a moderate aftershock just hit.”
The quake was strong enough to “cause fear,” despite the fact that it didn’t appear to have destroyed anything, according to Clemen.