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6.7 magnitude quake strikes southern Philippines

TBP Online
11 Jul 2024 11:10:46 | Update: 11 Jul 2024 11:14:38
6.7 magnitude quake strikes southern Philippines
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A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Mindanao Island, in the southern Philippines, on Thursday, according to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ).

The quake was at a depth of 630km, GFZ said.

The Philippines’ seismology agency said in an advisory the deep offshore quake is not expected to create damage but aftershocks were expected, reports The Straits Times.

The Philippines is in the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where volcanic activity and earthquakes are common.

11 dead, 6 injured in northern Philippines road crash

A passenger bus collided with a pickup truck along a highway in Cagayan province in the northern Philippines early Thursday, killing at least eleven people and injuring six others, police said.

Police Major Antonio Palattao, the police chief of Abulug town, in which the accident occurred, told a radio interview that the bus was travelling south when it crashed into the truck that entered the junction of the main highway, reports Xinhua.

Palattao said the impact of the crash dragged the truck "more or less 20 metres," throwing off its passengers into the road.

Palattao said rescue workers retrieved the bodies of 11 truck passengers. They were taken to a local hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

He said the truck's driver was seriously injured, while a pedestrian, two truck passengers, the bus driver and his assistant sustained minor injuries.

Palattao said that a follow-up probe on the incident is ongoing.