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Second powerful earthquake in three days hits southern Philippines

According to USGS, the 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Mindanao in the Philippines on Thursday. This comes after a 6.6-magnitude quake hit…

By Jenny Scordamaglia , in International , at October 31, 2019 Tags: , ,

According to USGS, the 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Mindanao in the Philippines on Thursday. This comes after a 6.6-magnitude quake hit the island on Tuesday, claiming several lives.

On the island of Mindanao, one of the southernmost islands of the Philippines, communities have felt the effects of two powerful earthquakes rated over 6.0 magnitude in the past three days.

Mid-morning, local time, on Oct. 31, a powerful earthquake struck one kilometer south of Kisante, Philippines. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), this earthquake registered as a 6.5 on the Richter Scale.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there was no tsunami threat with the quake.

The earthquake was strong enough to cause major structural damage across places like Davao City and Kidapawan City.

At least five people were killed in Thursday’s earthquake, according to the Associated Press. This news comes after at least eight people were killed, and nearly 400 people were injured, in Tuesday’s 6.6 magnitude earthquake.

Eva’s Hotel stands damaged after a strong earthquake in Kidapawan, north Cotabato province, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The third strong earthquake this month jolted the southern Philippines on Thursday morning, further damaging structures already weakened by the earlier shaking. (AP Photos/Williamor Magbanua)

The Eva Hotel took on some damage during Tuesday’s quake. However, the lobby collapsed in Thursday’s earthquake while six employees and and an engineer were inside inspecting the initial damage. All seven people were able to escape the building.

The back-to-back earthquakes are being attributed to even more widespread damage. Some structures, weakened by the Tuesday earthquake, were more susceptible to tumbling down in Thursday’s powerful quake.

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