Resort town in the Philippines shaken by 6.1 earthquake


There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage from a strong 6.1 earthquake in the Manay area of the Philippines The quake, which hit the east coast of Mindanao – in the south of the country.

The closest city Manay, officially the Municipality of Manay, is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 42,690 people.

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Mindanao encompasses the large island of Mindanao plus smaller islands in the southern Philippines. In its largest city, Davao, the Philippine Eagle Centre and Davao Crocodile Park showcase local wildlife. The urban People’s Park features statues of indigenous people and the Durian Dome, named after the spiky, smelly fruit that grows in abundance on Mindanao. Southwest, the Mount Apo volcano has trails and a lake.

The idyllic paradise is popular with British tourists and has a population of over 25 million.

According to the the USGS, the shaker happened nine kilometres northwest of the town of Manay.

The hypocentre of the quake has been located around ten kilometres deep underground, the agency said.

  • 9.1 km (5.6 mi) WNW of Manay, Philippines
  • 38.5 km (23.9 mi) SSW of Baganga, Philippines
  • 41.6 km (25.8 mi) NE of Mati, Philippines
  • 58.5 km (36.3 mi) ESE of San Mariano, Philippines
  • 95.6 km (59.2 mi) E of Davao, Philippines
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