Southern Philippines hit by 6.8 magnitude earthquake: USGS

The epicentre was south of the populous city of Davao, but the US Geological Survey said there was a “low likelihood of casualties and damage”.

There was no threat of a tsunami, said the USGS, which initially reported the magnitude at 6.9.

A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday, geologists said, the same area struck by a string of deadly tremors in October. The epicentre was south of the populous city of Davao, but the US Geological Survey said there was a “low likelihood of casualties and damage”. There was no threat of a tsunami, said the USGS, which initially reported the magnitude at 6.9.

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