Large Earthquake Strikes Philippines, Save the Children Ready to Respond if Needed

Fairfield, Conn. (April 28, 2017) — A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the island of Mindanao of the Philippines today. At a depth of 10km, the quake prompted a tsunami warning that has since been cancelled.

"The reports we’re hearing so far are of limited damage, and the earthquake struck a more rural part of the Philippines with few large buildings" said Ned Olney, Save the Children’s Country Director in the Philippines. "However, it’s still early and we are continuing to collect information in order to fully assess the humanitarian situation."

Added Olney, "It was a strong earthquake and would have been extremely frightening, especially for children. We’ve heard reports of very strong shaking, with most people running out of their houses in the early hours of this morning."

Save the Children spokespeople, including the organization’s country director in the Philippines, Ned Olney, are available for interviews via Skype and telephone from Manila. Please contact Evan Schuurman at or +66 (0)989 725 908 for more information and to schedule an interview. To learn more and how to help, go to

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