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PHIVOLCS: Magnitude 6.7 quake jolts Sarangani, Davao Occidental; No tsunami threat to PH
PHIVOLCS: Magnitude 6.7 quake jolts Sarangani, Davao Occidental; No tsunami threat to PH
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PHIVOLCS: Magnitude 6.7 quake jolts Sarangani, Davao Occidental; No tsunami threat to PH
by Ellicia Del Mundo09 January 2024

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake jolted Sarangani, Davao Occidental on Tuesday morning, January 9, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

In a bulletin, PHIVOLCS said the epicenter of the quake was traced 183 kilometers southeast of Balut Island.

The quake, which was reportedly tectonic in origin and had a 94-kilometer depth focus, occurred at around 4:48 AM.

PHIVOLCS intially recorded 7.1 magnitude quake.

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Photo courtesy: PHIVOLCS / website

The intensity of the earthquake was felt in the following areas:

  • Intensity IV- Glan, Malungon, and Kiamba, SARANGANI
  • Intensity III - CITY OF GENERAL SANTOS; City of Koronadal, Tupi, Polomolok, and T'boli, SOUTH COTABATO; Alabel, and Malapatan, SARANGANI; Matalam, COTABATO
  • Intensity II - Tampakan, Tantangan, Banga, Norala, Santo Niño, Surallah, and Lake Sebu, SOUTH COTABATO; CITY OF ZAMBOANGA; Maitum, SARANGANI; City of Kidapwan, Makilala, M'lang, Pigcawayan, Tulunan, and Kabacan, COTABATO; President Quirino, SULTAN KUDARAT
  • Intensity I - CITY OF CAGAYAN DE ORO; Maasim, SARANGANI; Arakan, COTABATO; Isulan, SULTAN KUDARAT

Instrumental Intensities:

  • Intensity IV- Malungon, Alabel, Kiamba, and Glan, SARANGANI
  • Intensity III- City of Koronadal, Tupi, and T'boli, SOUTH COTABATO; Malapatan, SARANGANI; Nabunturan, DAVAO DE ORO; Don Marcelino, DAVAO OCCIDENTAL; City of Digos, DAVAO DEL SUR; City of Gingoog, MISAMIS ORIENTAL
  • Intensity II- Banga, Norala, Lake Sebu, Santo Niño, Tantangan, and Tampakan, SOUTH COTABATO; Maitum, and Malungon, SARANGANI; Columbio, President Quirino, Lambayong, Lebak, and Esperanza, SULTAN KUDARAT; CITY OF DAVAO; Magsaysay, and Matanao, DAVAO DEL SUR; CITY OF ZAMBOANGA; San Fernando, BUKIDNON; City of Kidapwan, COTABATO
  • Intensity I - Malaybalay, Kadilingan, and Kalilangan, BUKIDNON; Banisilan, Carmen, Magpet, and President Roxas, COTABATO; Balingasag, MISAMIS ORIENTAL; Bagumbayan and Isulan, SULTAN KUDARAT; City of Bislig, SURIGAO DEL SUR

The state seismologist said aftershocks from the quake are expected.

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Meanwhile, in another bulletin, PHIVOLCS clarified that there was "no tsunami threat" to the Philippines following the magnitude 6.7 earthquake.

"No destructive tsunami threat exists based on available data. This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake," it said.

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