Shopping mall roof collapses on terrified customers during Philippines natural disaster

Katie Ramirez
October 17, 2019

In Magsaysay town, in the nearby province of Davao del Sur, 20 people were injured by falling debris and home furniture, Anthony Allada, the municipality's information officer, told DZMM.

The plaza Arch in Kidapawan City is in ruins after an intensity 7 quake struck on October 16, 2019.

The death toll has risen to five with dozens more reported injured on Thursday after a 6.3-magnitude natural disaster shook the southern Philippines, causing landslides and a fire at a shopping mall, authorities said.

The quake was 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) deep and was followed by at least two aftershocks, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Some can be felt most likely in low intensities.

A seven-year-old girl was killed when a wall in her house collapsed, said Reuel Limbungan, mayor of Tulunan town in north Cotabato province.

A fire broke out at a mall in General Santos City right after the quake gutted three floors, but shoppers and employees managed to escape the blaze, the civil defence office said.

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The Philippines is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, . which is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

"Many houses were totally damaged".

"This is not so significant and we don't expect damage because the natural disaster was so deep at more than 100 kilometers", he said.

Several relatively strong aftershocks were felt and officials ordered classes to be suspended Thursday to allow inspections of school buildings in the quake-hit areas, including in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown of Davao city.

The quake knocked out power in Kidapawan city, a key regional transport hub, officials said. A magnitude 7.7 quake killed almost 2,000 people and collapsed buildings and houses in the northern Philippines in 1990. "We received info from our friends that there is blackout in Digos City in Davao", he said.

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