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6.9 eartquake hits central Philippines

Publish Date:06 Feb 2020
Related Hazard(s):Seismic
Related Countri(es):Philippines

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On 06 February, at 11.49 a.m. local time (03.49 GMT), a magnitude 6.9 eartquake struck at 09.97 N 123.14 E, 70 kilometres north of the city of Dumaguete on Negros Island, central Philippines. According to GDACS the eartquake affected a very populated area, with 8,020,000 people within 100km.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre (NDRRMC) the eartquake occurred at a depth of 10 Km, while USGS reports it at a depth of 46.6 km.Death toll likely to increaseAt least 44 people have reportedly been killed: 29 people in Planas village and 10 people in Guihulngan City have died as result of the landslide triggered by the quake. Two other fatalities were reported in Tayasan Town, two in Bindoy and one in Jimalalud municipalities in Negros Oriental Province. 30 houses were reportedly buried and at least 29 people are still missing, suggesting that the death toll will likely increase.Looting reported after the earthquakeLooting was reported in Guihulngan City after the earthquake and soldiers have been ordered to help the police keep peace and order in the city.Local tsunami alert liftedThe Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology issued a local tsunami alert for the central Philippines, saying the quake could trigger a 1-meter wave, but lifted it afterwards. Sources:GDACS, NDRRMC, BBC

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