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6.8 scale earthquake shakes Philippines

  • An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit the central Philippines on Feb 6, killing at least one person and causing panic in cities where buildings shook.
  • The US Geological Survey said the quake hit 70 kilometres north of the city of Dumaguete on Negros Island at 11:49 am, Local Time at a depth of 46 kilometres.
  • The Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology measured the quake at 6.9 at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres, centred off the heavily populated central island province of Negros and Cebu. 
  • Civil Defence chief said one child was crushed to death by a collapsed wall in Negros. He said the violent shaking of buildings in the cities of Cebu and San Carlos led to broken windows and cracks on the walls, but no high rises are believed to have sustained major damage.


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