Earthquake halts landslide rescue efforts – DW – 02/10/2024

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Rescue operations that had been underway following a deadly landslide in the Mindanao region of the Philippines were forced to stop on Saturday after the region was hit by a strong earthquake.

According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), a magnitude 5.6 quake struck the region at 11:22 a.m. (0322 GMT).

The quake was 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep, GFZ added.

The Philippine seismology agency recorded a different reading, saying it was a magnitude 5.9 earthquake with a depth of 27 km (16.8 miles).

There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damages from the earthquake.

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The Philippine agency has cautioned about aftershocks.

Some 28 people were killed on Tuesday when the gold-mining village of Masara in the province of Davao de Oro was hit by a massive landslide. Hundreds of rescuers had been searching for at least 77 people who were missing when the earthquake struck on Saturday.

“We ordered them [rescuers] to go up to a safer area,” Apex Mines official Ferdinand Doble told reporters on Saturday.

Rains have lashed Davao de Oro in recent weeks, triggering floods and landslides.

dvv/ab (AFP, Reuters)

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