The third strong earthquake that struck the Philippines this month killed five people on Thursday, injured several others, and destroyed buildings that had already been damaged by the earlier shaking.
Various towns and villages in the area affected by the earthquake have suspended school classes and office work for fear of more tremors. Many residents may have returned to already damaged homes despite the risks due to the humid tropical heat, injuries caused by falling debris, officials said.
A village house collapsed in Batasan village in Makilala city, Cotabato province, and the village leader was crushed to death, Emmylou Talino-Mendoza government said.
A woman is taken to another hospital after being injured in an earthquake that struck Digos, Davao del Sur, South Philippines on Thursday, October 31, 2019
An aerial photo taken with a drone shows a damaged hotel in the aftermath of an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 in the city of Kidapawan, Cotabato province, Philippines
A Filipino K-9 officer inspects a damaged hotel in the aftermath of today's earthquake in the city of Kidapawan
Another man was crushed to death by a fallen tree and a woman died after being hit by heavy debris somewhere else in Makilala, welfare officer Rosemarie told Alcebar The corresponding press by phone. Two other villagers died from earthquake-related injuries in the city of Arakan in Cotabato, but details about their death were not immediately available, Alcebar said.
In the town of Kidapawan in Cotabato, a small hotel partially collapsed, crushing the ground floor lobby and bank and leaning the building against an adjacent hospital. Both the hotel and the hospital were ordered abandoned due to the previous earthquake damage, but six employees and an engineer were in Eve's Hotel when the ground shook halfway through the morning, Mayor Joseph Evangelista said.
& # 39; They have to inspect the building with an engineer, then it happened. They managed to run out, & Evangelista told DZMM radio.
Rescue workers inspect a damaged building in Digos, Davao del Sur, South Philippines
Rescuers transport an injured person on a stretcher to an ambulance in Davao City
Hotel guests in the city of Davao gather in front of a hotel building after being evacuated after the aftermath of the earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 magnitude
The hospital and the hotel, with its concrete columns dangerously skewed and its rooms exposed without walls and windows, were shut down because they can collapse completely at any time.
In the city of Davao, the birthplace of President Rodrigo Duterte, a five-storey condominium partially crashed into the basement and rescue workers attempted to bring out nine residents, one of whom was injured and taken to a hospital, officials said.
The residents of the 56-room building were urged to evacuate after being damaged by the previous Tuesday earthquake, but some defied the warning.
Terrified residents had to climb out of their bedroom window after a second earthquake hit the Philippines in three days
Filipino rescuers are gathering for damaged housing in the city of Davao
Rescue workers in Davao City are preparing to launch search and rescue operations
Duterte and his family were safe in his Davao town house, but engineers would check the stability of his house to make sure, Brig said. Gene. Jose Eriel Nembra, who leads the presidential security forces.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the 6.5 magnitude earthquake was caused by motion in a local error at a depth of 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) about 28 kilometers (17 miles) east of the city of Tulunan in the province of Cotabato. The region was already destroyed this month by two powerful earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks.
At least eight people died in the 6.6 earthquake on Tuesday, two missing, 395 were injured and more than 2,700 homes and buildings, including schools and hospitals, were damaged, according to the Office of Civil Defense.
Rescue workers help a resident who evacuates from an apartment building with serious damage
Earthquake damage can be seen in Digos City, Davao Del Sur
An aerial photo taken with a drone shows the extent of the damage after today's earthquake in the city of Kidapawan
Roads in the town of Kidapawan were damaged by the earthquake, making the circumstances for the first aid workers treacherous
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake killed at least seven people, injured more than 200, and destroyed or damaged more than 7,000 buildings.
The Philippine archipelago is located on the so-called Pacific & # 39; Ring of Fire & # 39 ;, the arc of faults around the Pacific where most of the world's earthquakes occur.
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