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Magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolts Davao del Sur

Dec 15. 2019
 A powerful 6.9 earthquake rocked Padada, Davao del Sur on Sunday.
A powerful 6.9 earthquake rocked Padada, Davao del Sur on Sunday.
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By Inquirer/ANN

MANILA, Philippines — A powerful 6.9 earthquake rocked Padada, Davao del Sur on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake struck at 2:11 p.m. with epicenter 6 kilometers northwest of Padada.

Phivolcs said that the tremor was of tectonic origin and had a 30-kilometer depth of focus, sending people out of their houses and buildings in Digos City.

The tremor was also felt in other areas at various intensities:

Reported Intensities:

  •         Intensity VII – Matanao & Magsaysay, Davao del Sur
  •         Intensity VI – Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan, Davao del Sur; Alabel & Malapatan,
  •         Sarangani; Koronadal City
  •         Intensity V – Tulunan & Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan, Sarangani
  •         Intensity III – Kalilangan, Talakag & Dangcagan, Bukidnon
  •         Intensity II – Impasugong, Bukidnon; Cagayan de Oro City; Dipolog City
  •         Intensity I – Zamboanga del Sur

Instrumental Intensities:

  •         Intensity VIII – Malungon, Sarangani
  •         Intensity VI – Alabel, Sarangani; Kidapawan City
  •         Intensity V – General Santos City; Koronadal City; Tupi, South Cotabato
  •         Intensity III – Gingoog City
  •         Intensity II – Zamboanga City; Kiamba, Sarangani

Residents in the area may expect further aftershocks and damage, Phivolcs added.

In October, a string of powerful temblors struck Mindanao, leaving several dead, dozens hurt and houses and buildings destroyed or damaged

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