Magnitude 7.1 undersea quake strikes off Davao Occidental


Posted at Jan 21 2021 08:54 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2021 10:33 PM

MANILA (UPDATED)- A magnitude 7.1 undersea earthquake struck off in the southern Philippine province of Davao Occidental on Thursday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The temblor, which was tectonic in origin, hit at 8:23 p.m., from a depth of 116 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos town.

A tsunami was not expected, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) pegged the quake at a magnitude of 7.1 with a depth of about 114 km, after having initially reported magnitudes of 7.2 and 6.8.

It was felt at Intensities V in General Santos City, IV in Davao City, and II in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur.

Instrumental intensities were also felt in the following areas:

V - Kiamba, Sarangani
IV - General Santos City; Alabel, Sarangani; Koronadal City, South Cotabato
III - Kidapawan City; Bislig City; Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
II - Cagayan de Oro City; Surigao City; Borongan City, Eastern Samar
I - Catbalogan City, Samar.

Phivolcs said no damage is expected, but aftershocks may happen. --With reports from Reuters, Hernel Tocmo

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