Philippines’ earthquake is just one of the latest in a string of powerful earthquakes in the Pacific.
The Philippines has also seen a number of smaller earthquakes, and the most recent one was a magnitude 3.3 quake off the coast of Mindanao on April 17, killing over 50 people.
The government is now calling on people to head back home.
“It is very important to return home and we want to get as many people as possible home safely and unhindered by the earthquake,” National Disaster Mitigation Commission (NDMCC) chief Dr Ricardo Lopez told reporters.
“Our message to you is: Get back to work as soon as possible.
The only way to get home safely is to get out of your house and do everything possible to minimize the damage and to minimize any casualties,” he added.
The latest earthquake hit at 6:37am local time (3:37pm GMT), and was centered about 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the Philippine city of Quezon City.
It caused extensive damage to the Philippine Coast Guard, but there have been no casualties.
“The main concern is for the health of the people,” said Dr Lopez.
“If we don’t get everyone home safely, then we will see more damage to homes, especially the older people.”
A similar magnitude earthquake was recorded off the Philippines coast in November 2017, killing at least 37 people and destroying more than 500 homes.
The NDMCC warned people to be on the lookout for landslides and flooding.
“This quake is expected to continue for a while, and if the magnitude is not reversed, it could affect many communities,” said Lopez.
In April, an earthquake in the Philippines killed nearly 100 people, but most were buried in the rubble of their homes.