Three strong earthquakes hit southern Philippines

09:21, July 24, 2010      

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Three strong earthquakes struck sea areas in southern part of Philippines on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey reported.

The first quake was recorded around 6:08 a.m with the epicenter lying 100 kms southwest of the country's southern city of Cotabato. The 6.9 magnitude quake has a depth of 604.5 km.

It was also felt in the cities of Zamboanga, Pagadian, Koronadal and General Santos but officials were still determining if there were casualties or damage, Xinhua reporter in Cotabato said.

A 7.6 magnitude aftershock, at a depth of 576.3 km, was recorded shortly before 7:00 a.m..

The third one, about 7.4 magnitude, at a depth of 616.7 km, occurred around 7:15 a.m..

Yolly Andrias, a resident here, said they were still sleeping when the strong quake awoke them.

"Some of our Muslim neighbors fired their weapons to drive away bad spirits," she said.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum said the quake's epicenter was 94 km southwest of Cotabato with a depth of 606 km.

He said based on their report, only intensity two were felt in the cities of General Santos and Surigao.

He explained due to the depth records of the quakes, there will no possibilities of tsunami to happen. In other areas, vehicles alarm systems went on.

Source:Xinhua

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