Earthquake terrifies residents in southern Philippines
15 July 2019 | 6:10 am
A moderately strong earthquake has struck the northeastern coast of Mindanao island in the southern Philippines. Officials have reported injuries and damage to several houses, buildings and infrastructure.
The United States Geological Survey reported the quake was of a magnitude 7.0, felt as far away as Mexico City from its epicenter near Acapulco. At least one person died in the state of Guerrero.
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About 6.8 million people took part in an earthquake drill in Mexico City as part of a civil protection exercise and to remember the victims of the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes.
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