Residents in the Philippines began returning to their homes today after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck the southern part of the country on the island of Mindanao, spreading terror among locals and tourists.

Despite the strongest seismic tremor, relevant officials reported minor damage to some infrastructure and a dead one – one woman was killed when a wall collapsed while she and her family were leaving their home in Tagum City, Davao del Norte province

The earthquake that occurred last night (local time) was felt in the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental.

Over 600 aftershocks were recorded, with the strongest being a magnitude 6.5 according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center.

Authorities reported minor damage to homes, while the air service reported minor cracks in walls at some regional airports.

End of tsunami alert

“The tsunami threat associated with this earthquake has now passed for the Philippines,” Phivolcs said in a statement, but advised residents in threatened communities to follow the instructions of local authorities.