7.2-magnitude Earthquake hits off southern Philippines

 29 Apr 2017 - 9:08

7.2-magnitude Earthquake hits off southern Philippines
Workers remove debris from a collapsed house after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit General Santos City, in southern island of Mindanao on April 29, 2017. AFP / EDWIN ESPEJO


Manila: A huge earthquake of a 7.2-magnitude on the Richter Scale struck off the coast of Mindanao in the Philippines on Saturday, causing hazardous waves within 300km of the area.

The earthquake was about 57 km southwest of Sarangani province, the southernmost part of Mindanao, the biggest island in the south of the archipelago nation.

There were no immediate reports of destruction or casualties, but witnesses said the quake was very strong and shook the ground and walls.


The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a risk big waves could spread 300 km away from the epicenter, reaching as far away as Indonesia.

The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) said no tsunami warning was issued after the quake.

The Philippines is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes, particularly in the south.