Shoppers screamed in panic as a powerful earthquake caused ceilings to violently crash down in two southern Philippines malls. The magnitude 6.7 quake struck only 15 miles off the coast on Friday, shaking the entire region. Seismologists located the tremor 48 miles underground near Burias Island.
Videos of the terrifying incident circulating on social media show pillars swaying wildly as shoppers cowered under falling debris. Crowds fled in terror as ceilings plunged from high above at SM City General Santos mall and neighboring Robinsons GenSan mall.
The powerful shaking temporarily shuttered both shopping centers amid the chaos until engineers could assess damages.
Miraculously, no injuries were reported despite the frightening collapse of heavy ceiling panels onto crowded retail floors. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. swung into action, ordering all emergency responses to aid anyone trapped or injured in the disaster. Relief teams hurried to inspect buildings for additional structural failures across the quake zone.
The Remote Philippines archipelago straddles the seismically active “Ring of Fire” and endures regular tremors. Residents remain on high alert for landslides or destructive tsunamis in the wake of strong shaking near coastal towns.
Further evaluation seeks to determine if additional seismic threats persist beneath the devastated mall sites.