7.1 Earth Quake Rattles: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit off Davao Oriental at 11:39 a.m. Saturday, PHIVOLCS said in an advisory, as it warned of strong currents and sea level changes in the Philippine Sea.
It said the quake hit 162 kilometers southeast of Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental, a temblor tectonic in origin and traced to a depth of 49 kilometers.
Aftershocks are expected, said PHIVOLCS.
In an earlier interview with DZMM, PHIVOLCS reported that Intensity IV was felt in General Santos City, Intensity III in Kidapawan and Intensity II in the Surigao area.
A USGS report earlier placed the quake at magnitude 7.2 but downgraded it to 6.9 with the location at 84 kms southeast of Pondaguitan.
In a separate advisory, PHIVOLCS warned of “minor sea level disturbances” such as “strong currents and rapid rise and fall of seawaters” expected in coasts near the epicenter of the quake.
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Davao Oriental on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Engr. Rommel Allan Labayog, Phivolcs Zamboanga City station chief, said the temblor was strongly felt in the town of Governor Generoso at 11:39 a.m.
The official death toll from the 7.5 magnitude quake and tsunami it triggered has risen to 1,944 but bodies are still being recovered, Indonesian officials said on Monday (October 8).
Many of victims are believed to be entombed in slowly drying mud that enveloped communities in the south of the small city of Palu on Sept. 28 when the quake triggered soil liquefaction, a phenomenon that turns the ground into a roiling quagmire.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency Chief Willem Rampangilei said conditions in the area had been improving since the quake, making relief efforts easier, though rescuers are still racing to recover any remaining bodies trapped under rubble and mud.
The Indonesian government announced on Sunday (October 7) that it will officially conclude the search and rescue operation for earthquake and tsunami victims on Thursday (October 11).
“For liquefied areas in Petobo and Balaroa, we won’t make them into mass graves. After we dig them out, they will be turned into monuments,” Rampangilei said. No one knows how many people are missing, especially in the areas hit by liquefaction, but it could be as high as 5,000, the agency said.
MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck off east of Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental on Saturday, December 29, with possible tsunami threat for parts of the Philippines and Indonesia.
According to a bulletin posted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake was recorded at 11: 39 am Saturday. Aftershocks were expected.
Phivolcs said minor sea level disturbances such “strong currents and rapid rise and fall of seawaters” can be expected on the following areas.