MANILA: An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 on the Richter Scale jolted the southern Philippines on Tuesday.
The authorities said that the earthquake rattled buildings, sending terrified locals escaping into the streets.
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According to the US Geological Survey, the shallow earthquake hit the island of Mindanao in the same region where a deadly quake struck earlier in October.
Philippine authorities said they expected damage after the strong tremor, which hit near Davao City there was no tsunami threat.
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USGS initially reported the quake had a magnitude of 6.8. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The area is still suffering the effects of a 6.4-magnitude quake that hit less than two weeks ago, killing at least five and damaging dozens of buildings.
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The Philippines an arc of intense tremorous activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.
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