(MANILA, Philippines) — A 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked central Philippines Monday morning, leaving at least seven people dead, including two children, according to the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The agency adds that at least a dozen others have been injured and that landslides have been triggered as a result.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says the quake struck at 11:49 a.m. local time, 44 miles north of the city of Dumaguete in the province of Negros Oriental.
The centralized location of the 7.1-mile deep tremor made the earthquake widely felt.
“It was in the water, but it was also kind of in the middle of the islands in the Philippines. So it was felt pretty widely,” says Jessica Turner with the USGS in Colorado.
She adds that several buildings have sustained some damage.
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