A strong earthquake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least one person and causing a three-story building to collapse, setting off a search for an unspecified number of people who were feared to have been trapped inside, officials said, The Associated Press reports.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the magnitude 6.9 quake struck an area about 6 kilometers northwest of Padada town in Davao del Sur province at a depth of 30 kilometers.
A child died in a village in Davao del Sur’s Matanao town when a wall of her house tumbled down as the ground shook and hit her in the head, officials said.
Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Cagas said a three-story building housing a grocery store collapsed in downtown Padada during the quake, trapping an unspecified number of people inside, adding that a still-unknown number of people were injured in his province.
Classes in Davao del Sur province, along with cities and town, including Davao, will be suspended Monday to allow checks on the stability of school buildings. Some cities and town lost their power due to the quake, officials said.