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A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the southern Philippines on December 4, the American Institute of Geophysics said ( USGS)

Agence France-Presse

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A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of the southern Philippines on Monday morning, it was announced the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS), the latest in a series of strong seismic tremors that hit this region this weekend.

The earthquake struck just before 4 a.m. at a depth of 30 km, some 72 km northeast of Hinatuan Municipality, located on the island of Mindanao.

A The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, however, assured that it #x27;There was no risk of a tsunami.

Shortly after, another earthquake, measuring 5.4, was recorded by the USGS in the area, 28 kilometers east of Aras-asan, at a depth of 43 kilometers.

Sergeant Joseph Lambo of the Hinatuan police said people again rushed out from home.

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They panicked because of the memory of the earthquake the night before, he told the x27;AFP, stressing that the police were checking whether there had been any damage or casualties.

These tremors in fact occurred after an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 on Sunday itself preceded the day before by another, of magnitude 7.6, accompanied by several large aftershocks (of a magnitude greater than 6), in the same region which left at least two dead and four injured.

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Roof of building collapsed following 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Tagbina, Surigao province del Sur in the Philippines, December 3, 2023.

Saturday's was recorded at a depth of 32 km about 21 km northeast of #x27;Hinatuan and was followed by a tsunami alert, which was later lifted.

The Philippine Institute of Seismology said the highest waves generated reached 0.64 meters on Mawes Island.

Swells were reported as far away as the eastern coast of Japan, where a tsunami warning was also briefly in effect.

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There are daily tremors in the Philippines, since the archipelago is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”. (File photo)

Some 45,000 Filipinos were then ordered to leave their homes and many of them tried to reach higher ground, on foot or by car, according to Joseph Lambo, who said the quake had been very strong.

In the city of Butuan, caregivers had evacuated patients from a hospital on stretchers and chairs

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake had already occurred in this region on November 17 and at least nine people died.

There are daily tremors in the Philippines, this archipelago is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of ​​intense seismic and volcanic activity which x27;extends from Japan to the Pacific Basin to Southeast Asia.

Most are too faint to be felt by human beings.

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