There are no reports of injuries but officials are investigating the reportedly damaged mall.
A massive 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Mindanao region of the Philippines on Friday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
According to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ), the earthquake occurred at a depth of 60 km (37.3 mi) off the coast of the Mindanao region, while the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami.
Earlier the intensity of the earthquake was reported to be between 7.2 to 6.9 magnitude.
The country’s seismology office reported that the quake lasted several seconds and warned locals to beware of aftershocks and damage, though there were no initial reports of any injuries.
There were no reports of injuries, according to Amor Mio, police commander in Koronadal city, located near the epicenter.
However, officials were investigating a mall that was reportedly damaged.
“Employees were ordered to evacuate for their safety. According to area police, there was extensive damage but we have not yet determined for certain the extent of the damage,” Mio said by telephone.
Lenny Aranego, a radio host from General Santos City in South Cotabato, said the powerful quake knocked some laptops off desks and damaged walls. sky News informed of.
“We saw how walls were broken and computers fell,” Arnego said. DZRH Radio station.
Michael Ricafort reported that when the earthquake struck, passengers at the General Santos City Airport were evacuated to the tarmac as they were preparing to take off for Manila.
The “Ring of Fire”, where the Philippines is located, is a chain of volcanoes encircling the Pacific Ocean that is prone to seismic activity.