Debris from a building of Surigao State College and Technology is seen on a auto after an quake hit Surigao city, southern Philippines, February 10, 2017.
Hundreds of residents fled their homes and spent the night outside, according to local authorities.
A woman arranges some of her possessions after she was saved from her home wrecked by the strong quake in Surigao City on Friday night.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismologyö 24 aftershocks were recorded since the strong quake Friday evening, with magnitudes ranging from 2.0 to 3.6.
"Concerned officials are now in Surigao City to conduct monitoring and damaged assessment".
A report by Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council showed that three people, including a four-year-old boy, were confirmed dead while about 87 were injured. The quake was centered about 14 kilometers (8 miles) northwest of the provincial capital of Surigao at a relatively shallow depth of 11 kilometers (6.8 miles).
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Philippines is prone to earthquakes as it lies within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire.
An injured woman is accompanied by family members at a hospital in Surigao City, early Saturday.
The strong natural disaster struck Surigao City in Surigao del Norte province at around 10:03 p.m., causing power outage, damaging the airport runway, roads, bridges and buildings, including hotels and schools.
Two flights from Manila head for Surigao and back daily, by Cebu Pacific and PAL Express.
The area's police chief Senior Superintendent Anthony Maghari told radio station DZMM that he saw a school house had collapsed and that many other buildings had developed cracks.
A major port in Lipata district also was closed while engineers checked the stability of an access road, Gonzales said.