7.0 Magnitude earthquake strikes off the southern Philippines Coasts

Philippines earthquake
Philippines earthquake

7.0 Magnitude earthquake powerfully rocked the Philippine island of Luzon near the town of Bodega on Tuesday morning, one day after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the north of the country.

This earthquake came just one day after an earthquake with a registered magnitude of 6.1 led to several damages, include the collapse of many buildings and killing at least 11 people, according to officials in the municipal and disaster relief.

At least 52 aftershocks were reported after today's quake. Still, there is no information on any deaths out of the new quake. Only one person was reported to have been injured by falling debris.

People in the capital of Manila and other parts of Luzon felt the quake. Even water overflowed from the roof of one building after the earthquake, seemed to be from a penthouse swimming pool.

High-rise buildings were evacuated from office workers after shaking on the effect of the earthquake. Houses' residents also dashed out.

The public to stay away from the coast until 2:00 p.m. for the possibility of minor sea level disturbances, Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology advised.

The coasts of Indonesia, the Philippines, and Palau are vulnerable to tsunami waves of less than a foot above tide levels, the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned.

Being on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire (known as a seismically active arc of volcanos and fault lines in the Pacific Basin), the Philippines is one of the world's most repeatedly-prone countries to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, especially major ones—in 1990, a major earthquake with a registered magnitude of 7.7 hit the northern Philippines, killed about 2,000 people, and caused enormous chaos and significant damages. In 2013, a powerful quake also hit the central island of Bohol and killed 100 people.

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