Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Moment worshippers scream in terror and run for cover as 6.4-magnitude earthquake shakes their church in the Philippines

  • A 6.4-magnitude earthquake, which was 8.6 miles deep, struck in the Philippines
  • Quake struck about 40 miles north of General Santos, Mindanao, the USGS said
  • Patients were seen fleeing from a hospital while others ran from a shopping mall 
  • There was no destructive Pacific-wide tsunami expected after the earthquake
    Worshippers were sent running for cover during a church service when a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled the Philippines' second biggest island today. 
    The quake struck about 40 miles north of General Santos, Mindanao, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
    Hundreds of people were sent rushing out of a shopping mall and patients were forced to flee a hospital as the tremors struck. 
    Local media said an elderly man was injured after being struck by a falling object during the early evening quake. 

    The man received treatment after being injured, ABS-CBN television reported from the scene. 
    Chief Philippine government seismologist Renato Solidum described the quake as "moderately powerful'' and advised residents to check their homes for possible damage.
    He said there was no risk of a tsunami because it occurred inland, and there were no immediate reports of serious damage.
    Solidum, who is head of the Philippines seismic agency, told ANC news channel there was a chance of aftershocks after the quake, considered strong and capable of causing severe damage.
    He added: 'Aftershocks can happen. Some can be felt most likely in low intensities. But we cannot remove the possibility of similar intensities that can be felt in the epicentral area.'
    In a video posted on social media, patients at Kidapawan Doctors Hospital in Mindanao were seen being taken outside after the tremor.
    Another clip showed a church Kidapawan City start to shake from the intensity of the quake, leaving the congregation screaming in terror.
    Hundreds of people fled a hotel in Davao City after the quake struck.  
    It is not yet know how many people have been injured in the disaster or the extent of damage. 
    Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, is among the largest and most populous cities in the country. 
    No destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was expected after the earthquake, initially measured at 6.7, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported.
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