Magnitude 6.6 quake rocks parts of Mindanao

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 29)— A magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted parts of Mindanao on Tuesday morning.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the tectonic quake struck northeast of Tulunan, Cotabato at 9:04 a.m.

Intensity VII or "destructive shaking" was felt in Tulunan and Makilala, Cotabato; Kidapawan City; Malungon, and Sarangani. Intensity VI or "very strong" shaking was recorded in Davao City; Koronadal City; and Cagayan de Oro City.

As of 3 p.m., Philvolcs said a total of 114 aftershocks were recorded, but only 14 were felt. The aftershocks include one with a magnitude 6.6 that also rattled the quake’s epicenter Tulunan at 10:42 a.m.

In its latest report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) noted 17 infrastructures in Soccsksargen, including malls, hospitals, and schools, were damaged due to the quake.

Phivolcs earlier said there is no tsunami threat as the quake hit land.

Several areas in southern Philippines evacuated due to the strong tremor.

Two weeks ago, seven people were killed while dozens were injured when a magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked the same town in Cotabato. Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said the two quakes happened in the same vicinity.

This is a developing story.