Deadly earthquake rocks southern Philippines
At least two people have been killed after a powerful earthquake rocked the southern Philippines.
The magnitude-6.6 quake struck the island of Mindanao, sending people out of homes and buildings and forcing school classes to be suspended in one city to allow inspections of buildings.
A 67-year-old construction worker and a 15-year-old student were killed in the disaster, the New York Times reported.
A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte urged people on Mindanao not to panic.
"We ask our citizens to remain calm but vigilant and we urge them to refrain from spreading disinformation that may cause undue alarm, panic and stress to many people," Salvador Panelo told The Times.
Davao city Mayor Sara Duterte suspended school classes to allow authorities to inspect buildings for possible damage after the latest quake to hit the region in recent weeks.
A 6.3 earthquake earlier this month in the same region killed five people and caused damage to several schools and other buildings.
In July, two earthquakes hours apart struck a group of sparsely populated islands in the Luzon Strait in the northern Philippines, killing eight people.
Seismic activity is common in the Philippines, which lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the ring of faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur.
A magnitude 7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.