6.3 Magnitude Strikes Southern Philippines Killing 5 People

Landslides Reported in Several Parts of the Island

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Five people have died after a magnitude 6.3 magnitude hit Southern Philippines on Wednesday evening.

The earthquake shook parts of North Cotabato and nearby provinces at about 7:30 pm (11:30 GMT). A second 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Davao Oriental province at about 5 am Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake triggered panic among residents who fled malls and buildings. Hospital patients were also evacuated into the streets. A mall is reported to have caught fire and landslides were reported in some parts of the province.

A two-year-old girl was killed after being struck by falling debris as she slept at her home in Magsaysay town in Davao del Sur.

According to a statement by the Magsaysay information office, a mother and her child died after their house was buried by a landslide.

A 7-year-old girl was also killed after a wall fell on her in Datu Paglas town in Maguindanao.

A man was also died while being rushed to a hospital in M’lang town in Cotobato after suffering a heart attack as a result of the shock.

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice in this case help bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

Mr. Khodaverdian, a contributor to this site, is available for free consultations 24/7 by calling 800-984-4123.