Phivolcs quells tsunami worries after Mindanao quake


Posted at Oct 29 2019 12:19 PM

MANILA - The 6.6-magnitude quake that hit parts of Mindanao, Tuesday is not expected to generate tsunamis, the country's chief seismologist said.

Residents can return to their homes to check for visible cracks, especially if they are far from the epicenter in Tulunan, Cotabato, Philvolcs Director Renato Solidum said.

"Wala pong tsunaming mangyayari kasi nasa kalupaan po ang paglindol," Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) chief Renato Solidum told reporters.

(A tsunami is not expected to occur because it was an inland quake.)

"Maaari pa pong magkaron ng mga aftershocks na makakasira sa mga bahay at gusali kaya yung mga may sira ay dapat patingnan na sa mga engineer," he said.

(The active fault where the quake originated can generate strong aftershocks that could destroy houses and buildings so they should immediately ask an engineer to check these structures.)

As of Tuesday noon, 4 cities have suspended work and classes in all levels to allow local governments to check structures for damage.