Philippines: an earthquake hits the Davao region

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A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines on Tuesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center announced.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 km near San Mariano on the island of Mindanao.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said damage and aftershocks were expected.

The earthquake struck just after 2 p.m. local time in the mountainous province of Davao.

Images posted on social media show schools and residential buildings evacuated after the quake.

Earthquakes are common in the Philippines, located on the “Ring of Fire” – an arc of intense seismic and volcanic activity across Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Evacuation drills are carried out across the country four times a year to prepare for future earthquakes

More than 170,000 people have been moved to emergency shelters from high-risk areas of Quezon alone.

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