An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude has struck off the Philippines coast, near the island of Negros.

The US Geological Survey and a local monitoring station confirmed the report. The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, warned local residents off a possible tsunami.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued a similar alert.

The quake hit a narrow strait off Negros island and could trigger a 3ft (1m) tidal wave, according to AP. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered 44 miles north of Dumaguete city on Negros and hit at a depth of 29 miles.

One child was reported dead. The accident is believed to have happened in Taysan town, on Negros Island, according to Benito Ramos, who heads the Office of Civil Defense.