A 6.1-magnitude earthquake shakes the southern Philippines

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A 6.1 magnitude earthquake It shook the province of Surigao del Sur in the southern Philippines on Monday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS, acronym in English).

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) located the epicenter of the earthquake near the city of San Agustín, in the eastern part of the island of Mindanao, and the hypocenter some 33 kilometers deep.

Although at the moment there is no information on the existence of victims, Phivolcs warned of the possibility of aftershocks and damage caused by the tremors.

The earthquake was felt with strong intensity in several municipalities of the Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur provinces.

The Philippines sits on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, an area that accumulates around 90% of the world’s seismic and volcanic activity, and which registers around 7,000 tremors a year, the majority moderate.



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