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Southern Philippines hit by powerful earthquake

Tremors hit island of Mindanao, less than 100km away from Davao City

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Image from the US Geological Survey showing the location of the earthquake.

MANILA - A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Davao City in southern Philippines on Tuesday (Oct 29), authorities said, rattling buildings and sending terrified locals fleeing into the streets.

The shallow tremor hit the island of Mindanao in the same region where a deadly quake struck earlier this month, the US Geological Survey said, adding there was no tsunami threat.

Philippine authorities said they expected damage after the strong tremor, which hit less than 100km away from Davao City. There were no immediate reports of injuries, according to AFP.

Davao City is a rising destination for leisure, trade and MICE.

The area is still suffering the effects of a 6.4-magnitude quake that hit less than two weeks ago, killing at least five and damaging dozens of buildings.

The Philippines is part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through South-east Asia and across the Pacific basin.