6.7-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Island of Mindoro in Philippines, USGS Says
21:13 GMT 23.07.2021 (Updated: 04:30 GMT 24.07.2021)
At the moment, there are no reports of any fatalities, injuries, or building damage having resulted from the powerful earthquake. Also at this time, no tsunami warnings have been issued.
A strong, 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the island of Mindoro in the Philippines on Saturday morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
According to the data, the epicentre of the earthquake was located at a depth of 112 km, approximately 16 km west of Calatagan, a municipality in the archipelago nation.
Some islanders have shared videos of their experiences of the current tremor on social media.
Earthquakes are far from uncommon in this island country. The Philippines is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, which causes regular earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Due to the collision of major tectonic plates in the region, earthquakes with smaller magnitudes occur on a regular basis, affecting the Philippines as well as its neighbours.
The Celebes Sea earthquake of 1918, measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale, was the strongest the country ever faced.