Phivolcs asks Davao del Sur residents to stay calm amid continuous aftershocks

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 18 2019 05:57 PM

Phivolcs on Wednesday advised residents of Davao del Sur to be calm while prepared amid continuous aftershocks being felt in the province after the disastrous 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck last Sunday.

This, after Phivolcs said they have recorded at least 800 aftershocks after the Sunday quake, of which a magnitude 5.3 tremor was the strongest.

"Lahat naman tayo may pangamba pero 'yung pangamba po walang maidudulot na tama iyan. 'Yung pangamba po ay dapat ma-convert ng paghahanda. Kailangang maghanda sa posible pang ibang mga lindol para tayo ay mas ligtas," said Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum.

(We all have worries but they cannot bring up anything good. It can be converted to preparation. We have to be prepared for other earthquakes so we can be less at risk.)

Earlier, some worried netizens posted on social media asking if Mt. Apo, a potentially active stratovolcano located near Davao Del Sur, is "waking up." Phivolcs dismissed the claims.

"Ang Mt. Apo ay potentially active volcano, matagal na itong hindi sumasabog. Kung meron man siyang epekto, 'yung mga lindol dapat magpakita ng nga senyales tulad ng maraming paglindol na nagco-concentrate sa volcano, pag-init ng lupa, may aakyat na magma, nasusunog at namamatay ang vegetation," Solidum said.

(Mt. Apo is a potentially active volcano, it's been long since it last exploded. If it has an effect, the tremors should have signs like quakes concentrated on the volcano, the soil heating up, rising magma and burning and dying vegetation.)

At least 4 people died and dozens were injured due to the Sunday tremor.

- with reports from Lorilly Charmane Awitan and Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News