Residents of a subdivision in General Santos City rushed out of their houses as a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck off Davao Occidental Thursday night.
The undersea temblor, which was tectonic in origin, hit 8:23 p.m. from a depth of 116 kilometers off the coast of Jose Abad Santos town.
Intensity V was felt in General Santos City, while Intensity IV was felt in Davao City.
Instrumental Intensity IV was also recorded in General Santos City.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said no damage is expected, but aftershocks may happen.