6-magnitude quake rocks Davao region

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Saturday, June 16, 2012


A 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted some portions of Mindanao particularly Davao Region early morning Friday, the Philippine Institute of
Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The epicenter of the quake, which was felt at around 9:14 a.m., was estimated by Phivolcs at 162-kilometer (km) south east of Mati City, in Davao Oriental.

In its official website, Philvolcs said the earthquake was tectonic in origin with a depth of 46 km.

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There were no reported damages due to the earthquake which was also felt in other cities and municipalities in Davao Region.

The following are the areas where the 6.0-magnitude earthquake was felt with their respective intensities: General Santos City -- Intensity 4 (moderately strong); Davao City, Mati, Davao Oriental, Digos City, Davao del Sur-- intensity 3 (weak); Tagum City; Carmen, Davao del Norte-- intensity 2 (slightly felt).

Phivolcs said the quake was tectonic in origin.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said "the quake is not destructive," adding there were no aftershocks recorded yet.

There were no reported casualties or damage, to date. Meanwhile, the United States Geological Survey, reported that the same quake that hit Davao Region was a 5.5-magnitude earthquake and with a depth of 69.4 km.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 16, 2012.

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