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26 Mar 2020 | 11:39 AM UTC

Philippines: 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off the southern coast of Mindanao March 26

US Geological Survey (USGS) records 6.1-magnitude earthquake south of Mindanao island on March 26; no immediate reports of damages



On Thursday, March 26, the US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.1-magnitude earthquake approximately 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Baliton on the island of Mindanao. According to initial readings, the quake struck at around 23:38 (local time) at a depth of 54 km (33 mi). There were no immediate reports of damages, and no tsunami warning was immediately issued.

Aftershocks are possible over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.