Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes off Davao Occidental

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 29 2019 10:42 AM | Updated as of Sep 29 2019 12:54 PM

MANILA — (2nd UPDATE) A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off Davao Occidental on Sunday morning, Phivolcs said.

The earthquake was upgraded from an initial measurement of magnitude 6.1.

The tremor happened at 10:02 a.m., 126 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos town.

It was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 14 kilometers, according to the Phivolcs. 

The tremor was felt in the following areas:

  • Intensity IV - General Santos City
  • Intensity III - Tampakan, South Cotabato; Kidapawan City; Makilala, and Magpet, Cotabato; Davao City; Magsaysay, and Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur; Panabo City; Gingoog City and Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental; Damulog and Kalilangan, Bukidnon
  • Intensity II - Cagayan de Oro City; Balingasag, Jasaan, and Villanueva, Misamis Oriental; Kabacan, M'lang, and Tulunan, Cotabato; Columbio and Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat

The following instrumental intensities were reported:

  • Intensity IV - Kiamba and Alabel, Sarangani; General Santos City; Tupi, South Cotabato
  • Intensity III - Gingoog City; Kidapawan City
  • Intensity I - Bislig City; Cagayan de Oro City

The tremor was not expected to cause damage but would generate aftershocks. 

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Residents of a condominium unit in Davao City evacuated after an Intensity III was recorded due to the tremor.

Residents of Malita town in Davao Occidental also felt the strong earthquake since they were just two towns away from the epicenter, according to Jun Jaso, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer.

The MDRRMO has launched an assessment of damage in the town.

Meanwhile, Jose Abad Santos town's local disaster officer Roger Deloy said they did not evacuate because the quake did not last long.

He also said there was no unusual movement of the sea but they would also inspect structures to check for damage. -- With reports from Hernel Tocmo and Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN News