Terrifying moment earthquake causes crane to topple off tower block and plummet

Earthquake topples crane from top of building in Philippines

A crane has toppled off a highrise building after a strong earthquake shook the area, leaving people screaming in fear. 

The chilling video shows rickety footage of an ominous-looking twenty-storey tower block under construction in Asia, with one person ironically saying: “I would be very reassured to live in that building”. 

Four pieces of the crane plunged to the ground in Davao City in the Philippines, leaving a cloud of grey smoke to slowly seep downwards. 

Davao City Police confirmed that no injuries were reported in the stressful incident, although Sky News have reported that a house was struck by a piece of “large debris” during the incident. 

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It came amid a huge magnitude 6.7 earthquake that occurred in the Celebes Sea on Friday, in the southern Philippines. 

Authorities have confirmed that six people have died so far, and a search is on for two more missing people after a landslide in the coastal town of Glan, Reuters reports. 

Other countries affected by the quake include Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Situated on the famous Pacific “ring of fire”, the Philippines experiences regular earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. 

The deadliest earthquake the country has experienced was an 8.0 magnitude one which killed 4,791 people in 1976, leaving a further 2,288 missing and 9,928 injured.

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In the 21st Century, a 7.2 earthquake in 2013 killed 222, causing £57m of economic damage. 

One year prior to this, the country suffered a 6.7 earthquake – the same magnitude as the one the other day – which killed 51 and left 62 missing, plus caused £5.5m of damage. 

Other footage from the current earthquake shows a roof collapsing at a shopping centre in General Santos. 

Thankfully though, no tsunami warnings have been made from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Nevertheless, aftershocks and more possible damage can be expected. 

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