A powerful 7.1 earthquake hit the Philippines on Thursday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, after initial warnings about the risk of tsunamis were lifted and there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.
The quake was at a depth of 65.6 km (40.76 miles), the USGS said, with its epicenter in the Philippine Sea southeast of Davao City.
The Philippine National Disaster Management Agency had so far received no reports of casualties, injuries or major damage, administrator Ricardo Jalad said.
“It looks like nothing scary happened, like a collapse of a building,” Jalad told reporters.
For the most part, airports, seaports and key infrastructure were unaffected by the earthquake, while all personnel were held accountable, the transport ministry said.
A rarely used airport in the southern province of Davao Oriental had small cracks on the runway, but there was no damage to the passenger terminal building, it said.
The Philippines Seismology Bureau initially warned of the risk of damage, aftershocks and a tsunami, but later said data showed there was no threat of a devastating tsunami.
The US National Weather Service and Hawaii Emergency Management also said there was no risk of a tsunami off the US west coast or Hawaii.
The Philippines is located on the geologically active Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean and regularly experiences earthquakes.
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