The earthquake hit Mindanao in the southern Philippines, which has an estimated population of over 25 million people. So far no injuries have been reported.
The near shore earthquake struck to a depth of 294 miles.
Initially it was reported as 6.3 on the Richter scale, but it was later upgraded to 6.4.
Earthquakes between 6.0 and 6.9 on the scale are classified as “strong” and about 100 to 150 of them occur each year.
They can damage buildings, especially if they are poorly designed.
An earthquake of this force can be felt hundreds of kilometers from its epicenter.
According to Philippine authorities, the earthquake was also felt across Sarangani, a southern coastal province, and two towns south of Cotabato.
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On December 15, 2019, Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, was hit by another earthquake that left 13 people dead.
Another 210 people were injured by the earthquake which measured 6.8 on the Richter scale.
The Philippines, like much of the world, is also battling an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
The country recorded 4,963 new cases on Saturday, its highest daily total.
Of those cases, some 2,667 cases were concentrated around Manila, the country’s capital.
In total, the Philippines has registered 98,232 cases since the start of the epidemic.
These are responsible for 2,039 deaths.
Those currently infected include the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mujiv Hataman, as well as his wife.
Of those in the Philippines who have COVID-19, 0.8 percent are in critical condition.
However, some 65,265 people in the country have recovered from the potentially fatal disease.