Powerful Earthquake with 6.8 Magnitude Rocks Philippines, Mindanao Island Shivers

Powerful Earthquake with 6.8 Magnitude Rocks Philippines, Mindanao Island Shivers

Manila - On Monday, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) confirmed a substantial earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale that struck the Philippines. The seismic event occurred at a depth of 82 kilometers, specifically affecting Mindanao on Sunday night, with tremors felt at approximately 01:19:42 IST.

The significant quake's impact reverberated across the Philippines around 04:49:42 AM (GMT+8). The NCS shared information about the earthquake through an official post, stating, "Earthquake of Magnitude: 6.8, Occurred on 04-12-2023, 01:19:42 IST, Lat: 9.03 & Long: 126.70, Depth: 82 Km, Location: Mindanao, Philippines." This announcement was made via the NCS's official handle.

This marks the third earthquake within the last two days in the Philippines, with Mindanao being the epicenter in both instances. In the previous earthquake, which also struck Mindanao, the second-largest island in the country, a pregnant woman reportedly lost her life according to a BBC report. However, as of the latest report, there are no reported casualties in the recent earthquake, and further details are awaited.

A powerful earthquake occurred in southern Philippines on Saturday, prompting evacuations, including in Japan, and the subsequent lifting of tsunami warnings. Unfortunately, at least one person lost their life in that incident, as reported by Al Jazeera.

The earthquake off the coast of Mindanao island on Saturday had a depth of 32 kilometers and a magnitude of 7.6 according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) and 7.5 according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre. Subsequently, four significant aftershocks with magnitudes above 6.0 occurred on Sunday over several hours.

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