Thousands of people were
still displaced Thursday by the 6.8-magnitude earthquake
that struck the southern Philippines.
The temblor was centered 150 miles west of the city of
General Santos, according to the Philippine Institute of
Volcanology. It struck before dawn. The quake collapsed
scores of wood houses, forcing more than 27,000
villagers to flee.
The quake also collapsed parts of the wall of Mount
Parker volcano, releasing gushes of water that washed
Some were still afraid to return to their homes
Thursday, though fears that Mount Parker might erupt
were dispelled. Volcano experts also ruled out a tsunami.
Fifteen people perished in the quake, most of them
killed by falling debris.
The quake toppled and cracked buildings, and caused the
seas off the coast of Mindanao island to swell nearly 10
feet above normal.
Aftershocks continued to hit the area Thursday but were
growing milder, according to government reports.
Church World Service reported that it was monitoring the
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