A strong undersea earthquake measuring up to 7.2 magnitude struck the Philippines, lasting several seconds.
The tremor originated around 16 miles (26km) off Burias, situated at the archipelago’s southern tip, according to the US Geological Survey.
Although scientists didn’t anticipate a tsunami, residents were cautioned about potential aftershocks and resulting damage.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
As a precaution, passengers at the city’s airport were swiftly evacuated to the tarmac.
Researchers estimated the earthquake’s power to be between 6.7 and 7.2 magnitude, occurring at a depth of six miles (10km), as confirmed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
The Philippines lies on the “Ring of Fire”, a belt of volcanoes circling the Pacific Ocean that is prone to earthquakes.