Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Strikes Philippines

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the southeast coast of the Philippines on Aug. 12 at 1:46 a.m. local time.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported that the earthquake struck with a depth of 69 kilometers near Davao Oriental, followed by a series of movements with the strongest at magnitude 4.1 at 2:44 a.m.

PHIVOLCS first reported that the epicenter of the magnitude 7.3 earthquake was Mati City, but later corrected it to Governor Generoso.

PHIVOLCS also initially issued a tsunami threat, but later cancelled it.

PHIVOLCS added that damage and aftershocks were expected. However, there have been no early reports of significant damages.

Local authorities have deployed personnel to key areas in Mati City to assess any damage or injuries, following the earthquake.

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