Powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Philippines

(MENAFN) Early Thursday, the National Seismological Center of the Philippines reported a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake striking off the coast of Mindanao, the country's second-largest island. The quake's epicenter was recorded at a depth of 630 kilometers (390 miles). The US Geological Survey confirmed the epicenter's location less than 106 kilometers from Mindanao's coastline.

Despite the significant magnitude, there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries caused by the earthquake. The Philippines, situated along the Pacific Ring of Fire, is accustomed to frequent seismic activity due to its location where several tectonic plates meet. The Ring of Fire is notorious for volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, with the region experiencing a high degree of geological instability.

Authorities and seismologists continue to monitor the situation closely to assess any potential aftershocks or effects on local communities. The earthquake's deep epicenter may mitigate some of its immediate impact on the surface, but ongoing assessments are essential to ensure the safety and well-being of residents in affected areas. 



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