Philippines: New 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake hits Mindanao Island

 A major earthquake hit the eastern coast of Mindanao Island in the Philippines on Monday morning.

Philippines: New 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake hits Mindanao Island

Relief efforts continued on the Philippine Island of Mindanao until Monday morning after a strong earthquake struck. Several aftershocks were followed by another earthquake of magnitude 6.9. Another major earthquake hit the east coast of Mindanao Island in the Philippines on Monday morning. Over the weekend, earthquakes and aftershocks rocked the entire region around the same area. According to the US Geological Survey, the 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck shortly before 4 a.m. local time Monday morning, about 72 kilometers off the northeast coast, at a depth of about 30 kilometers.

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Earthquake Magnitude:

Another 6.6-magnitude shock was felt on Sunday in the same area that had earlier experienced a 7.6-magnitude earthquake late on Saturday. The USGS website listed dozens of aftershocks felt over the weekend. At least three people were killed and dozens injured after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit the southern province of the Philippines, officials said, while hundreds of homes and buildings were destroyed. The epicenter of Saturday's earthquake was in the town of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur province, about 100 kilometers from Hinatuan City.

People were seen rushing out of buildings and staying in open areas after the first tremor

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology:

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, nearly 2,000 aftershocks have been recorded since December 2. More aftershocks have also been warned in the next few weeks. He urged the affected residents not to enter their houses for now if their houses have been damaged.

Hinatuan City Tsunami Warning:

Joseph Lembo, a staff sergeant with the Hinatuan city police, told the AFP news agency that residents in the towns hardest hit by the latest earthquake were ordered to leave their homes immediately: ' "They were panicking as they remembered the earthquake the previous night." A tsunami warning was briefly issued in the area after Saturday's earthquake, but it was later lifted. Earthquakes are an almost daily occurrence in the Philippines, located along the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire." This area is considered to be a region of intense earthquake and volcanic activity. Another 6.7-magnitude earthquake in mid-November killed several people and partially collapsed a shopping mall.

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