BREAKING: At Least 6 Dead, 120 Injured In HORRIFIC Event- Here’s What We Know (Video)

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A powerful earthquake in the southern Philippines killed at least six people and injured more than 120. Most of the victims were killed after being struck by falling debris and being crushed beneath concrete walls that collapsed.

Emergency personnel are searching through cracked buildings and nearby towns to survey the damage and to search for additional casualties.

The AP reports that the magnitude 6.7 quake roused residents from their sleep late Friday in Surigao del Norte province, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes. The quake was centered about 8 miles northwest of the provincial capital of Surigao at a relatively shallow depth of 6 mile, said Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology.

Nearly 100 aftershocks have been felt, officials said. Evacuation centers accommodated wary residents overnight, but many returned home Saturday, Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said, adding that officials were continuing to assess the damage in Surigao and outlying towns.

The quake knocked out power and forced the closure of the domestic airport due to deep cracks in its runway, officials said.

Amid the calamity, the military appealed to New People’s Army guerrillas not to disrupt rescue and rehabilitation work. “We urge you not to attack our soldiers,” military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said.

The Philippines sits in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Philippine people.

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