6.1magnitude earthquake strikes the southern Philippines
Officials survey damages caused by strong earthquake in Mindanao. Reuters (Representational Image)

An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck central Mindanao province in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing at least five people and bringing down structures including a hotel. The quake struck about 25 miles southwest of the city of Davao, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who hails from Davao, was in the City when the quake struck the region. The presidential spokesman said Duterte was safe.

Seisomologists had warned of further quakes on Tuesday, after a 6.6 tremor struck southern Philippines on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring dozens. This is the third major earthquake to hit the region in the span of a month. Philippines sits on the 'Pacific Ring of Fire", which is the most earth-quake prone region in the world.

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The epicentre of the quake was 33 km northeast of Tulunan town in Cotabato province. The collapsed hotel was in Kidapawan City, the City Mayor told media. The structure also housed other businesses but there were no casualties yet, he said. "Everyone rushed outside ... It was as strong as the previous one," said Reuel Limbungan, mayor of the Tulunan town, CNA

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