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23 injured as 5.9 quake hits Philippines

Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 19:27

Manila: An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude rocked
southern Philippines on Friday, causing widespread panic and
injuring at least 23 people in different incidents, including
a stampede.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology
(Phivolcs) reported that the epicentre of the tremor that hit
this afternoon was recorded west of Dinagat Islands in
southern Philippines.

At least 20 people were injured when panic struck a mall
with shoppers packed with people causing a stampede.

The incident happened in Surigao City, the provincial
capital of Surigao del Norte.

Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas said 20 people were

Glass panels were also shattered but it was not
immediately clear if the damage happened as a result of the
quake or due to panicked shoppers.

Matugas said 3 others were hurt in a gymnasium where a
cable broke.


First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 19:27

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