Philippines Earthquake Panic after huge 6.4 quake rocks the island of Mindanao
An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.4 has struck in the south of the Philippines, sending residents running from buildings and offices.
There were no immediate reports of casualties after the shaking in central Mindanao, the country’s second-largest island. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of only eight miles.
Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones, and strong aftershocks were felt.
The quake was centered about five miles from Columbio, which has a population of 33,258 people, and 42 miles south-west of Davao, a coastal city near Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak.
Max Fuentes, a resident of Davao, told DZMM radio that he felt a strong aftershock. “We received info from our friends that there is a blackout in Digos City in Davao,” he said. Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, is among the largest and most populous cities in the country.
Renato Solidum, head of the Philippines seismic agency, told the ANC news channel there was a chance of aftershocks after the quake, which was considered strong and capable of causing severe damage. “Aftershocks can happen. Some can be felt most likely in low intensities.
“But we cannot remove the possibility of similar intensities that can be felt in the epicentral area,” he said. No destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was expected after an earthquake, initially measured at 6.7, according to the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. There was no immediate word on casualties or damage.
The Philippines, one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, has frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity because it lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a seismically active arc of volcanos and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
A 7.7-magnitude quake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990. Six months ago, at least 11 people died when two powerful tremors shook the country in two days. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said Mindanao suffered three earthquakes in two hours.
— EMSC (@LastQuake) October 16, 2019