The U.S. Geological Research Center announced that a magnitude 6 earthquake had struck the earthquake-prone country of the Philippines.

During the earthquake that rocked the southern archipelago, people rushed out of their homes in panic, as 51-year-old Maricar Melgar said: “It was probably the strongest shaking I have ever experienced in my life. “My body is still shaking,” he said.

The Philippines, an island nation in the Pacific Ring of Fire, was hit by a magnitude 6 earthquake at 6:44 pm local time. The epicenter of the earthquake is located just 6 kilometers from the city of Moncayo, located in the Davao de Oro region on the island of Mindanao.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake that shook the southern Philippines occurred at a depth of 13 kilometers underground.

The initial information from the remote and mountainous gold mining area is that there was no major damage.

Harvey Asayas of the Moncayo police told the AFP news agency that the quake, which started out strong, gradually subsided and lasted 40 seconds.

Maricar Melgar, who lives in Montevista, said she feared the collapse of the house she lived in during the earthquake. The 51-year-old woman said: “It was probably the biggest shock of my life. “My body is still shaking,” he said.

In the city of Tagum, 40 kilometers from the epicenter of the tremors, people ran out of their homes in desperation, and the electricity in the city was immediately turned off.

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