A magnitude 6 earthquake in the Philippines, an island nation in South Asia, has caused panic.

In the south of the archipelago, a magnitude 6 earthquake has struck over the Pacific Ring of Fire, local authorities warn of aftershocks.

The earthquake hit the Philippines, an archipelago in South Asia, at 14:02 local time. The epicenter of the magnitude 6 earthquake is located just 7 kilometers from San Mariano on the island of Mindanao.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit 36 ‚Äč‚Äčkilometers underground. The tremors were felt throughout the southern Philippines, according to a map released by the USGS.

The Philippines is located at the intersection of the Pacific Ring of Fire fault line, which crosses the Pacific Ocean, the largest body of water on Earth. The Pacific Ring of Fire, the line where about 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur, is also home to dozens of active volcanoes.

News agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that local authorities had warned of possible tremors and destruction after the earthquake. The place where the earthquake occurred is a region with mountains over 2600 meters high.

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