Deadly earthquakes in Philippines leave damage behind
At least 14 people have died after a series of earthquakes rattled the southern Philippines.
A 6.5 magnitude quake struck on Thursday morning, local time, in the Tulunan area of Cotabato province on the southern island of Mindanao. That jolt came only two days after a deadly 6.6 magnitude quake.
The quakes have left 14 people dead and 403 injured, according to a report released Thursday by the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Two people are still missing.
There are currently more than 12,000 people sheltering in 19 evacuation centers, and over 2,000 houses have been totally or partly damaged, NDRRMC said.
Dramatic images show the impact on Eva’s Hotel in the nearby city of Kidapawan. The hotel was devastated after Thursday’s quake.
Two floors of a four-story condominium also collapsed in Davao City, CNN Philippines reported.
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology specialist Erlinton Olavere said that five active faults in the area had caused the quakes, according to the report. Authorities are still assessing the damage.