OFFICIALS of Davao and Digos cities are struggling to quell panic over fake news about a tsunami and another powerful earthquake that have continued to circulate in social media following the magnitude 6.3 tremor that struck parts of Mindanao on October 16.
In separate posts on social media, officials sought to assuage fears and assured that the reports about a tsunami or a major earthquake happening at a certain time are not true since these disasters could not be predicted.
In Davao City, authorities apprehended a mother and daughter who allegedly circulated fake news of a tsunami alert on Wednesday night, October 16, which caused panic among residents.
The two were brought to the barangay hall in Daliao in Toril, Davao City.
The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in a post on Thursday afternoon, October 17, assured that the seas were calm.
COASTAL UPDATE AS OF 1:17 PM OCTOBER 17, 2019 Davao City's coastline is experiencing calm seas and on low tide. Low Tide 1:07 PM High Tide 7:18 PMPosted by Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
COASTAL UPDATE AS OF 09:37 PM NO TSUNAMI THREAT!!! Ongoing low tide. High Tide 6:50 PM October 16, 2019 Low Tide 1:10 AM October 17, 2019Posted by Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
ATTENTION DAVAOEÑOS! Sa mga nakakabasa po ng post na may magaganap na Earthquake ngayong 3pm, wag po tayo maniniwala....Posted by Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on Wednesday, October 16, 2019