- The earthquake damaged buildings, knocked out power and forced the closure of airport
- The Philippines is situated in the so-called Ring of Fire
The powerful quake hit roughly 14 kilometers northwest of Surigao City, at about 10:03 p.m. (9:03 a.m. ET), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology
. At least 30 aftershocks have rattled the surrounding areas in the hours following the quake, the Institute measured.
Surigao City, is in the Mindanao region of the country and has a population of more than 140,000 people
A state of calamity has been declared by the mayor of Surigao City, CNN affiliate ABS-CBN reports. The shocks from the quake rippled across 54 "barangays" or barrios.
The earth tremors crumbled a number of buildings, knocked out power and forced the closure of Surigao City domestic airport, officials said.
The Philippines is situated in the so-called Ring of Fire
, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Relief and rescue operations are underway, officials said.
In 2013, a magnitude-7.1 earthquake
struck the central Philippines near a town in Bohol province and killed at least 183 people and injured 583 people.