Electricity cables spark and residents run for cover as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines, Sunday, December 15, the same area struck by a string of deadly tremors in October.

The strong earthquake caused a three-story building to collapse and prompted people to rush out of shopping malls, houses and other buildings in panic, officials said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake struck an area about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) northwest of Padada town in Davao del Sur province. It had a depth of 30 kilometers (18 miles).

Some cities and towns lost their power due to the quake, officials said.

The Davao region has been hit by several earthquakes in recent months, causing deaths and injuries and damaging houses, hotels, malls and hospitals.

The Philippine archipelago lies on the so-called Pacific “Ring of fire,” an arc of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes occur.


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