A strong, shallow earthquake shook the central Philippines on Thursday, injuring dozens of people, including at least 10 in a collapsed building, knocking out power in some areas and sending villagers fleeing from their homes, officials said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.5 and struck at a depth of 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) in Leyte province. Filipino seismologists measured the depth at just two kilometers (1.2 miles) and said it was felt strongest in Leyte's Kananga and Jaro towns.
Shallow earthquakes generally cause more damage on the Earth's surface.
A building collapsed in Kananga, injuring at least 10 people and trapping an unspecified number of others, Vice Mayor Elmer Codilla said. "There's an ongoing rescue," he told DZMM radio.
Thousands of residents, office workers and students fled from homes, buildings and schools and some were knocked over as the ground shook.
Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc city, about 30 kilometers (17 miles) from Kananga, told DZMM that at least 29 people were injured in his area, including 16 who were taken to a hospital because they had slight injuries or were traumatized.
The strong shaking caused cracks in some buildings and roads in the city and power was automatically shut off, Gomez said.