| 9 February 2023, Thursday |

Strong quake hits Philippines, no major damage reported

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck off the Philippines on Thursday, as initial warnings about the risk of tsunamis were lifted

No immediate reports of casualties or major damage.

The quake was at a depth of 65.6 km (40.76 miles), the USGS said, with its epicentre in the Philippine Sea southeast of Davao City.

The Philippine national disaster agency had so far received no reports of casualties, injuries or major damage, administrator Ricardo Jalad said.

“Looks like nothing scary happened, like a collapse of a building,” Jalad told reporters.

Airports, sea ports and key infrastructure were for the most part unaffected by the quake, while all personnel were accounted for, the transport ministry said.

  • Reuters