A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Davao Oriental on Saturday morning with tsunami warnings issued to cover neighboring provinces.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the quake struck 162 kilometers southeast of Davao City in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental at 11:39AM, a tremblor tectonic in origin and traced to a depth of 49 kilometers.
The earthquake was felt at Intensity 4 in Davao City but was strong enough to shake buildings and establishments, forcing at least one giant mall to order people out of the building.
Here is how it registered in neighboring areas: Intensity V – Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental; Glan, Sarangani; Koronadal City; Intensity IV – General Santos City; Tupi, South Cotabato; Alabel, Sarangani; Kiamba, Sarangani; Mati City and Manay, Davao Oriental; Davao City; Intensity III – Makilala, North Cotabato; Valencia City and Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and Cagayan De Oro City; Maitum, Sarangani; Tagum City; Mabini, Compostela Valley; Tacloban City; Palo, Leyte; Intensity II – Kadingilan and Don Carlos, Bukidnon; Tagoloan and El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental; M’lang, North Cotabato; Surallah, South Cotabato and Intensity I – Zamboanga City.
PHILVOLCS issued a tsunami warning to the following areas: Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao City, Sarangani, South Cotabato, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur.
The agency advised people to stay away from the beaches and not to go to the coasts fronting the Philippine Sea of the following provinces during 12:00PM to 2:00PM and until the threat has passed.
The warning was then cancelled at 3:09PM.
Meanwhile, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its latest tsunami information that “tsunami waves are forecasted to be less than 0.3 meters (0.98 feet) above the tide level for the coasts of Indonesia, Palau, and Philippines.”
Earlier, a 2.1 magnitude earthquake hit off Bayabas in Surigao del Sur at 10:41AM.
Around 5pm, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental. This was an aftershock of the 7.2 magnitude quake earlier.
CDRRMO operation and warning officer Rodrigo Bustillo said that no injured civilians and damaged properties were recorded during the earthquake.
However, Bustillo said that they continuously monitoring coastal and nearby river areas in case a sudden rise of water would occur.
“We are closely coordinating with the barangays and other auxiliaries in case there will be sudden rise of waters,” Bustillo said.
Meanwhile, Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) head Aisa Usop said that passengers inside did not panic and followed the “duck, cover and hold” during the earthquake.
“We are thankful that people inside the terminal were calm and just went outside the terminal,” Usop added, “That is why that we must take earthquake drills seriously, especially when times like these happens.”
Usop said that operation went back to normal minutes after the quake.
The earthquake struck during the holiday break.