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Earthquake in the Philippines

Monday, 13 February 2017

Type of Event:
Earthquake
Location of Event:
Philippines
Date of Charter Activation:
13 February 2017
Time of Charter Activation:
00:02:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:
DSWD on behalf of ADRC
Activation ID:
520

Description of the event

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the Philippines at 22:03 (local time) on 10 February.

Eight people have been killed in Suriago City, and more than 200 injured in what has been described as the most powerful earthquake the city has experienced since 1879.

The epicentre of the earthquake was off the coast of Mindanao, 14 km north-east of Suriago.

It is estimated that over a thousand homes have been damaged or destroyed and over a hundred aftershocks have struck the region. Reports suggest that at least 50 villages in the area have been affected, and residents have been warned to stay alert in case of further aftershocks and to be aware of unstable buildings.

Suriago lost access to electricity and water following the earthquake, but this is starting to be restored. Relief and rescue operations are continuing.