A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the southern part of the Philippines around 8 in the evening on Wednesday, October 16th.
The quake made a school building collapse, urging people to come out of their homes and from malls in panic.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the earthquake struck about 50 kilometers from Davao city, with a shallow depth of around 14 kilometers.
Several witnesses described the earthquake as “very strong, very sudden.”
The site where the quake struck was near Magsaysay, which a rural area that is lightly populated. Reportedly, shallow earthquakes could be more damaging than deeper ones.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake struck approximately 64 kilometer north of General Santos, Mindanao.
According to Daily Mail, an old man had injuries after he got struck by a falling object.
Chief seismologist Renato Solidum urged the people to check their homes for signs of more damage. He also declared that there was no risk of a tsunami because it happened inland and there were no further reports of fatal damage.
However, Solidum declared there is a big chance of aftershocks to happen and that it could cause damage.
“Aftershocks can happen. Some can be felt most likely in low intensities. But we acnnot remove the possibility of similar intensities that can be felt in the epicentral area,” the seismologist stated.
Several videos surfaced on social media and one showed patients at Kidapawan Doctors Hospital being evacuated outside after the tremor.