Philippines hit by third earthquake in a month
A southern region of the Philippines was hit by its third strong earthquake in a month on Thursday, killing five people. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the 6.5-magnitude earthquake was set off by movement in a fault at a depth of six kilometres, about 28 kilometres east of Tulunan town in Cotabato province. The region was devastated by two earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks last month before the latest tremor. At least eight people died on Tuesday after a 6.6-magnitude quake, the Office of Civil Defence said. A magnitude-6.3 quake on October 16 killed at least seven people.