Philippines: Earthquake halts landslide rescue efforts

Feb 10, 2024

Rescue operation underway after a fatal incident landslide in the Mindanao region of philippines Forced to halt on Saturday after massive destruction in the region Earthquake,
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck the region at 11:22 a.m. (0322 GMT), according to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ).
The GFZ said the earthquake was 10 kilometers (6 mi) deep.
The Philippine Seismological Agency recorded a different reading, saying it was a magnitude 5.9 earthquake with a depth of 27 km (16.8 mi).
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the earthquake.
Philippine agency has warned about aftershocks after the earthquake.
Rescue operations underway
On Tuesday, the gold mining village of Masara in Davao de Oro province was hit by a massive landslide, killing at least 28 people. Hundreds of rescue workers were searching for at least 77 people who were missing when Saturday's earthquake struck.
“We ordered them [rescuers] To move to a safe area,” Apex Mines official Ferdinand Doble told reporters on Saturday.
Rain has lashed Davao de Oro in recent weeks, causing flooding and landslides.
The epicenter of the earthquake was about 150 kilometers north of the landslide site.
On Friday, rescue workers found a three-year-old girl alive after being buried under debris for nearly 60 hours.
“We are still expecting to rescue more people after four days,” Davao de Oro provincial disaster chief Randy Loy said in a media briefing.

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