A montage of photos from the earthquake in Davao Occidental, Philippines on November 17, 2023.


Strong earthquake shakes Davao Occidental in southern Philippines

A strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Davao Occidental in southern Philippines on Friday (November 17), damaging buildings and sending hundreds of people out on the streets.

Videos posted on social media showed people hiding for cover as several ceiling panels fell from inside a mall. At another mall, the  quake sent the façade crashing down.

Netizens also captured footage of slabs of cement falling from a crane on a high-rise building in Matina, Davao City. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Residents said that the quake lasted more than two minutes. Authorities said the earthquake struck at 4:14pm southwest of Sarangani province in Davao Occidental.

Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said a tsunami was not expected following the earthquake.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesperson Edgar Posadas said the council was checking for casualties and damages following the earthquake. ICA/Expat Media

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