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Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

3 killed in Philippines quake

3 killed in Philippines quake

A powerful natural disaster in the southern Philippines killed at least 15 people, injured over 100 others, damaged buildings, and an airport and knocked out power, officials said on Saturday.

Almost 100 aftershocks have been felt, officials said, adding that schools were being reopened as evacuation centres for residents wary of returning to their damaged homes.

The magnitude 6.7 quake roused residents from their sleep late Friday in Surigao del Norte province, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes. "Local disaster and local social welfare officials have been instructed to monitor closely the situation", Andanar said.

Surigao City is known for Basul Island, Ipil-Mabua Pebble Beach, and Zaragoza Rock Formations among other destinations.

A standby fund amounting to P2,895,921.91 has also been allocated for the government's immediate response following the quake, she added.

Several other buildings and business establishments, among them the Gaisano Capital shopping mall, Parkway Hotel, and Absolute Essentials building, also suffered damage.

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The powerful quake hit roughly 14 kilometers northwest of Surigao City, at about 10:03 p.m. (9:03 a.m. ET), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

He also said that authorities recorded 89 aftershocks and more are expected.

Intensity 4 was felt in Hinunangan and San Juan in Southern Leyte; Abuyog and Mayorga, Leyte and in Butuan City and Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte.

"Concerned officials are now in Surigao City to conduct monitoring and damaged assessment".

Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez, 4th Infantry Division spokesman, said the quake also wrecked the bridge in Barangay Anao-aon in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte. Daba added that the airport terminal, except for some broken windows and cracked tiles, had minimal damages.

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