Quake panic in Philippines

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

A POW­ER­FUL un­der­sea earth­quake which hit the south­ern Philippines prompted peo­ple to scram­ble out of shop­ping cen­tres and other build­ings as au­thor­i­ties feared it could spark a tsunami.

No ca­su­al­ties or dam­age were re­ported hours af­ter the quake struck be­fore noon lo­cal time yes­ter­day, and the Pa­cific Tsunami Warn­ing Cen­tre later lifted its alert for a po­ten­tial tsunami that it had said could hit coastal ar­eas of the south­ern Philippines and In­done­sia.

The Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Vol­canol­ogy and Seis­mol­ogy said the quake was de­tected at a depth of 37 miles, 100 miles off Davao Ori­en­tal province, with a mag­ni­tude of 7.2. Sev­eral af­ter­shocks were later felt.

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