Strong 6.3 magnitude quake rocks Southern Philippines

A 6.3 magnitude  earthquake  that shook the southern Philippines, has caused landslides and a fire at a shopping mall. At least 5 people were were killed, and dozens were injured.

The quake  rattled North Cotabato and nearby provinces when it struck at around 7:30pm on Wednesday.  At around 5 am on Thursday another earthquake of 5.3-magnitude hit Davao Oriental province.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake on Thursday was not an aftershock and so far no damage has been reported.

Wednesday night’s earthquake forced people to flee malls and buildings, and hospital patients were evacuated into the streets.

A local official said that a seven-year-old girl from Datu Paglas town in Maguindanao was killed when a wall collapsed.

In another incident, a mother and child died when their house was buried in an earthquake-triggered landslide.

A man from Maguindanao town suffered a suffered a heart attack as a result of the shock and was declared dead after being brought to the hospital.

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.

Fire at a mall after the quake gutted three floors

Philippines lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” — an arc of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s seismic activity occurs.