Manila: A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Saturday, sending frightened residents fleeing from buildings, officials and eyewitnesses said. The quake struck off the coast of the southern town of Manay at about 3:16 pm (12:46 pm IST) at a depth of 14 kilometres, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a statement.Also Read - Manila To Revert To Strictest Lockdown From August 6 Amid Resurgence Of Covid Cases

The institute said it expects the earthquake to have caused some damage but it and the local civil defence office said there were no immediate reports of serious destruction. “A lot of people ran from their homes because a lot of items were falling inside,” Phivolcs science researcher John Deximo told AFP. Also Read - Covid-19: Philippines Approves Emergency Use of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin

The Philippines lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. At least two people were killed and scores injured when a 6.5-magnitude quake struck the central Philippines in July 2017. Also Read - Benigno Aquino III, Ex-Philippine President Who Fought Corruption And Stood Up to China, Dies at 61

The most recent major quake to hit the Philippines was in 2013 when a 7.1-magnitude quake left more than 220 people dead and destroyed historic churches in the central islands. (AFP) CK 09081505

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