MANILA (UPDATE) - At least 5 people have been confirmed dead in a powerful earthquake that rocked parts of Mindanao on Tuesday, the second to hit the southern Philippines this month.
The deaths were recorded in separate locations following a magnitude 6.6 tremor that struck off Tulunan, North Cotabato.
The fatalities include a student who died after getting hit by debris while evacuating to safer ground in the town of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur, and a 66-year-old man who also got hit by debris in Koronadal, South Cotabato.
A father and his child were, meanwhile, killed in the town of Arakan in Cotabato, its governor Emily Lou Mendoza told radio DZMM.
A pregnant woman, 23, was also reported killed in Tulunan town.
Tuesday's tremor came nearly 2 weeks since a magnitude 6.3 quake rocked Tulunan, killing at least 4 people and spawning strong aftershocks.
It can be considered as the "fore shock" or precursor to Tuesday's "main shock" due to the common location, Phivolcs senior researcher Erlington Olabere told ABS-CBN News.
Following the quake, Malacañang called on Mindanao residents to remain calm as it assured the public that the government is on top of disaster response.
"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," Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.