A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake has struck the Philippines near the city of Davao. A six-year-old girl was among three people killed when the quake hit on Sunday.
The girl was inside her family’s house when the building collapsed and killed her, the province’s governor, Douglas Cagas said.
The area is a popular tourist destination, and videos posted on social media showed hotel pools dramatically overflowing and shoppers running from malls.
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Schools had been severely damaged but were empty as the quake happened on a Sunday. Governor Douglas Cagas of the island’s Davao del Sur province said a three-story building had also collapsed.
The country’s President Rodrigo Duterte was at his home in Davao at the time of the quake. News reports say that he was not hurt, but his house “sustained several cracks in the walls.”