Death toll in Philippines earthquake rises to 8

Two people missing in a landslide after Friday's quake, which struck deep off Mindanao island, were confirmed dead, the Office of Civil Defense says

By Reuters

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In this handout photo provided by the Philippine Red Cross, volunteers attend to people affected by an earthquake that struck General Santos City, South Cotabato, southern Philippines on Friday Nov 17. (Philippine Red Cross via AP)
In this handout photo provided by the Philippine Red Cross, volunteers attend to people affected by an earthquake that struck General Santos City, South Cotabato, southern Philippines on Friday Nov 17. (Philippine Red Cross via AP)

Published: Sun 19 Nov 2023, 2:13 PM

The death toll from a magnitude 6.7 offshore earthquake in the southern Philippines rose to eight, the country's civil defence said on Sunday.

Two people missing in a landslide after Friday's quake, which struck deep off Mindanao island, were confirmed dead, the Office of Civil Defense said.


The latest deaths were from Sarangani province. Others were killed in South Cotabato and Davao Occidental province, while 13 people were injured from the tremor, which sent scores of people into panic and damaged more than 50 houses and other buildings.

Electricity has been restored and most roads were now passable, the agency said.


Earthquakes are frequent in the Philippines, lying in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", which the US Geological Survey describes as the "most seismically and volcanically active zone in the world".

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