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Magnitude 5.7 Tectonic Earthquake Hits Davao Oriental, Philippines

By on Dec 5, 2013 in Asia, Environment, Science Comments
Earthquake’s Epicenter Map

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits Davao Oriental, Philippines on Wednesday around 7:58am with an epicenter located at 57 kilometers southeast of the town of Mati.

Based on the reports posted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on its Facebook page, the quake has a depth of 52 kilometers and was strongly felt (Intensity V) in Mati, Davao Oriental and in Toril, Davao del Sur.

Earlier report recorded by the United States Geological Survey was a 5.5 magnitude quake, 1 kilometer east northeast of Tibanban, Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental.

Phivolcs Science Research Specialist Ric Mangao said over a radio interview that they updated the earthquake’s initial magnitude report from 5.5 to 5.7 after they received and analyzed the waveform data.

Meanwhile, other areas that felt the shock were:

  • Intensity IV: Digos City; Don Marcelino and Malita, Davao del Sur
  • Intensity III: Butuan City; Kidapawan City; Tagum City; Panabo City; Compostela Valley; Matanao, Davao del Sur
  • Intensity II: San Francisco, Agusan del Sur; Cotabato City; Gen. Santos City; Koronadal City; Polomolok, South Cotabato; Alabel Sarangani

Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum told ANC in an interview that the tremor is not related to the deadly quake that shook Bohol. He also added that no tsunami alert has been issued even if it struck underwater and no reports of any damage has been received.

Furthermore, Phivolcs said on its bulletin that aftershocks may be expected.

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