7.0 Magnitude Earthquake strikes southern Philippines

An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck near coast of the southern Philippines on Saturday, according to the US Geological Survey.

According to the reports, quake was recorded at 11:39 a.m. at a depth of 60 kilometres (Kms) and about 193 kms southeast of Mindanao’s largest city, Davao, and approximately 100 kms southeast of the city of Pondaguitan.

Residents of the area said that the earthquake lasted about a minute and people rushed out of buildings, but there had been no major damage.

USGS had issued Tsunami warning and later canceled their advisory.

The USGS initially said the magnitude of the quake was 7.2 but later downgraded it to 7.0.