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Strong quake strikes off Philippines, tsunami warning withdrawn
A strong earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao Saturday (December 29), triggering a tsunami warning which was later withdrawn. Residents of Davao City, more than 200km away from the quake's epicenter as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), could feel the tremor, which lasted about one minute. Video obtained by Reuters showed people rushing out of buildings, but there was no major damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially said "hazardous tsunami waves" were possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre", along the coasts of the Philippines, Indonesia and the Pacific island nation of Palau. But the warning was canceled two hours later, with the center saying there was no longer a tsunami threat. Both the Philippines and Indonesia lie on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a horse-shoe shaped band of volcanoes and fault lines circling the edges of the Pacific Ocean.