In Philippines, seven people have been killed when strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck the island of Mindanao in southern parts of the country.

Over 100 people were injured, mostly by falling objects, with 14 in critical condition.

The Civil Defence chief said several houses had collapsed and search and rescue teams had been dispatched to make sure no one was inside.

The disaster knocked out power in Surigao city and surrounding areas with electrical supplies.

The quake damaged many buildings, including in the two-storey Gaisano mall one of the city’s largest structures.

One bridge collapsed and two others were damaged in the quake, which also cracked the city airport’s runway, forcing flights to be diverted.

Terrified residents fled to higher ground after the quake, fearing that a tsunami would hit the coastal city of over 152,000 people.

Others spent the night in parking lots and open fields.

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