Magnitude 6 quake hits Davao de Oro

MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that a magnitude 6 earthquake has jolted Davao de Oro Wednesday night.

A report from the Philippine News Agency quoting Phivolcs said the tectonic quake hit 12 kilometers northeast of the municipality of New Bataan at 6:44 p.m. It has a depth of 27 kilometers.

Phivolcs said Intensity V was felt in New Bataan, Davao de Oro; and intensity IV in City of Davao and City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur.

Intensity III was reported in Damulog, Kadingilan, Kalilangan, Libona, Pangantucan and Talakag, all in Bukidnon; City of Cagayan De Oro; Cagwait and Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.

Intensity II was felt in President Roxas, Capiz; San Francisco, Southern Leyte; City of El Salvador, and Villanueva, Misamis Oriental; Aleosan, Antipas, Arakan, Carmen, Kabacan, City of Kidapawan, Libungan, M’lang, Magpet, Makilala, Matalam, Pikit, and Tulunan, Cotabato; City of Koronadal, South Cotabato; Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat; City of Cotabato; and intensity I in Esperanza, and City of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat.

The following instrumental intensities were also logged by Phivolcs:

Intensity V – Nabunturan, Davao de Oro

Intensity III – City of Davao; Kidapawan City, Cotabato; Alabel, Sarangani; Tupi, South Cotabato; Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Intensity II – Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Libona and Malaybalay, Bukidnon; Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental; Abuyog, Leyte; San Francisco, Southern Leyte; Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental; Malapatan, Glan, and Kiamba, Sarangani; Norala, General Santos City, Koronadal City and Tampakan, South Cotabato; Tandag, Surigao del Sur

Intensity I – Alamada, Cotabato; Baybay and Dulag, Leyte; Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental; Maitum, Sarangani; Suralla, Santo Nino, T’Boli, and Tantangan, South Cotabato; Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte; Columbio, Sultan Kudarat; Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte

The reported intensity is the traditional way of knowing the intensity based on reports of people who felt the earthquake while instrumental intensity is measured using an intensity meter that measures ground acceleration.

In its advisory, Phivolcs said both aftershocks and damages are expected from the magnitude 6 quake.