Mayor Sara Duterte in Davao city: Never felt a quake that strong

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2019 10:21 PM | Updated as of Oct 16 2019 11:33 PM

Call center employees and mallgoers evacuate after an earthquake rocks Davao City Wednesday night, Oct. 16, 2019. Clarabelle Cornelio, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) —The magnitude-6.3 earthquake that hit Tulunan town in North Cotabato on Wednesday was also felt in Davao City.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who was at home with her children when the tremor hit, said it was her first time to experience an earthquake that strong.

"First time ko, sa buong buhay ko naka-experience ng ganoon. Nagse-sway, and nagba-bounce. Sway and bounce," she recalled.

Mayor Duterte also said she has yet to receive reports of casualties and damage in her city, but some people panicked after the earthquake due to rumors of a possible tsunami.

"Sinabihan na namin sila," she said, explaining that she has ordered local officials to talk to the people and explain the situation to them.

There were power outages in some areas, Duterte added.

"May kuryente ang Davao City pero there are some areas na walang kuryente," she said.

Duterte said she has talked to her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, and assured him that the situation in Davao is under control.

"So far, OK naman ang Davao City. He can rest assured na OK kami dito. Even if may problema, OK lang kami. He (the President) can focus on the other areas na may mas malaking damage," she said.

The mayor also announced that classes on all levels in Davao have been suspended for Thursday, Oct. 17.

Duterte also ordered school officials in the city to inspect the structure of their respective institutes for safety purposes.

The 6.3-magnitude quake, which was tectonic in origin, occurred at 7:37 p.m. approximately 22 kilometers southeast of Tulunan town and had a depth of 15 km.