Magnitude 5.4 quake strikes off Davao Oriental, aftershocks possible


Posted at Jan 06 2020 08:08 AM | Updated as of Jan 06 2020 08:20 AM

This map from Phivolcs shows a magnitude 5.4 quake recorded offshore Davao Oriental.

MANILA — A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck waters off the southern province of Davao Oriental early Monday and could spawn aftershocks, state seismologists said. 

The tremor struck before 3 a.m. with its epicenter located 72 kilometers southeast of Governor Generoso town, said Phivolcs. 

At a depth of 50 kilometers, the quake was felt at Intensity 4 or "moderately strong" shaking that is "like the passing of heavy truck" in Governor Generoso, said the agency. 

While the quake could trigger aftershocks, it is not expected to cause damage, added Phivolcs. 

Last December, a magnitude 6.9 quake hit neighboring Davao del Sur, leaving at least 11 dead and slightly damaging some 14,000 houses, according to the disaster agency. 

The Philippines straddles the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin. The archipelago tallies about 20 earthquakes a day, Phivolcs earlier said.