Pregnant woman suffers miscarriage as 200 aftershocks rock Kidapawan: official

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Posted at Oct 17 2019 07:31 AM | Updated as of Oct 17 2019 11:00 AM

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A pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage as over 200 aftershocks jolted the southern city of Kidapawan following a powerful earthquake that was felt across the Mindanao region, a local official said Thursday. 

The magnitude 6.3 quake struck about 22 kilometers southeast of neighboring Tulunan town Wednesday night, leaving at least 4 dead and 60 injured across Mindanao, opening cracks in buildings, and knocking power out. 

"More than 200 aftershocks na iyong naramdaman natin," said Psalmer Bernalte, head of the disaster office in Kidapawan. 

"Iyong isang buntis, nag-miscarriage... Nalaglag lang iyong kaniyang baby dahil na-shock [noong] nagkaroon ng lindol," he told radio DZMM. 

Two other residents had minor injuries, he said. 

Authorities, meanwhile, evacuated residents from the mountain village of Ilomavis in Kidapawan due to rockfall, Bernalte said. 

The local government is also verifying reports of damage in the city's geothermal power plant, he said. 

Kidapawan, Tulunan and General Santos City were the worst hit by the quake in Soccskargen region, said its disaster office's public information officer, Jorie Mae Balmediano. 

Aftershocks could be strong and capable of causing severe damage, said Renato Solidum, head of the Philippines seismic agency. 

"Aftershocks can happen. Some can be felt most likely in low intensities. But we cannot remove the possibility of similar intensities that can be felt in the epicentral area," he said. 

The Philippines is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes. With a report from Reuters 

DZMM, October 17, 2019