Another strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 has hit the region of Mindanao Monday night, this time, Kadingilan, Bukidnon as the epicenter.
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the quake, which was of tectonic origin, struck at exactly 9:22pm with 5 kilometers depth (km) northwest of the epicenter.
The reported intensities are as follows:
Intensity VII – Kadingilan, Kalilangan, Don Carlos, Maramag, Kitaotao and San Fernando, Bukidnon
Intensity VI – Damulog, Talakag and Valencia City, Bukidnon; Midsayap, Cotabato; Kidapawan City; Marawi City
Intensity V – Impasugong and Malaybalay, Bukidnon; Malungon, Sarangani; Antipas, Cotabato, Rosario, Agusan Del Sur; Cotabato City; Davao City; Koronadal City; Cagayan De Oro City
Intensity IV – Malitbog, Bukidnon; Tupi, South Cotabato; Manticao, Misamis Oriental; Tubod and Bacolod, Lanao Del Norte; Alabel, Sarangani; Gingoog City; Pagadian City; Iligan City
Intensity III – Polomolok, Lake Sebu and Tampakan, South Cotabato; Kiamba, Sarangani; Mambajao, Camiguin; Sindangan and Polanco, Zamboanga Del Norte; Molave, Zamboanga Del Sur; Dipolog City; General Santos City
Intensity I – Zamboanga City
PHIVOLCS, in its earthquake information released November 19, also said it is expecting damages and aftershocks.
As of 4:04am today, the agency has already recorded 33 aftershocks.
Damage caused by the 5.9-magnitude quake
Meanwhile, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) official Sheen Therese Romo said 4 persons were injured during the earthquake.
Some barangays, including Sibonga, Kibogtok, Husayan, Pay-as, Cabadiangan, SANHS (Annex Cabadiangan), and Kibalagon Elementary School have also reported initial damages in their area.
She also mentioned that they already deployed Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) groups to all 17 barangays in Bukidnon, along with some military personnel.
In the meantime, classes have been suspended in all levels both public and private schools in the province while government offices continued their operations.
“We also asked our residents that if there are aftershocks, they must go to open fields to avoid injury,” Romo said.
In October, a series of powerful quakes shook Mindanao, leaving damaged homes and establishments, dozens injured, and several deaths.