A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has hit Mindanao Wednesday evening, prompting class suspension and evacuation due to damaged establishments. 

The quake occurred at 7:37 p.m. about 22 kilometers southeast of Tuluan town in North Cotabato with 15km depth, based on the information provided by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)

PHIVOLCS added Tulunan, M’lang, and Kidapawan City, felt the tectonic quake the strongest, as intensity VII. 

According to initial reports, neighboring areas were also affected. This caused tripping of power lines in South Cotabato, a fire at the Gaisano Mall, and damaging of a school building in Digos City. Fortunately, there are no reports of anybody being trapped inside the building. 

However, it already left  4 people dead and dozens injured. 

PHIVOLCS  said it was expecting damages and aftershocks following the quake. 

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the agency already reported more than 900 aftershocks ranging from  magnitude 1.7 to 5.5.

Here are the  following instrumental intensities according to PHIVOLCS:
  • Intensity VII
    • Kidapawan
  • Intensity V
    • Tupi, South Cotabato
  • Alabel, Sarangani
    • Intensity IV
  • Kiamba, Sarangani
    • T’Boli, South Cotabato
    • General Santos City, South Cotabato
  • Intensity III
    • Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
    • Gingoog, Misamis Oriental
  • Intensity II
    • Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
  • Intensity I
    • Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte
    • Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Davao Oriental rocked by 5.3 magnitude earthquake

Meanwhile, Davao Oriental, another part of Mindanao, also experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3, early this day. 

PHIVOLCS reported the moderate tremor, with a depth of 120 kilometers northeast of Manay town, occurred at 4:53 a.m. 

Alabel and Sarangai felt an intensity 3, while Tupi and General Santos City in South Cotabato experienced intensity 2. 

The said earthquake was not an aftershock of the previous quake that struck North Cotabato, PHIVOLCS said. 

Unlike the 6.3-magnitude earthquake, this is not expected to cause damages, though it will  generate aftershocks. 


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