MANILA: The government has urged caution against aftershocks that could occur after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off Mati in Davao Oriental early Saturday.
“Aftershocks are expected given the earthquake’s magnitude,” said Hermes Daquipa, science research specialist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
Not all the aftershocks will be felt but communities concerned must still be alert and prepare for these accordingly, he noted.
According to Phivolcs, the 6:53 a.m. offshore earthquake of tectonic origin struck 41 km. south, 40 degrees east of Mati.
The earthquake had a depth of 42 km., Phivolcs also said.
“There’s no possibility for a tsunami,” Daquipa clarified however.
He noted that the plate movement that resulted in the earthquake was horizontal, thus the occurrence of tsunamis from this event is far-fetched.
Phivolcs reported that Mati and Davao City felt the earthquake at intensity 5 while General Santos City, Alabel, Glan and Malapatan in Sarangani as well as Polomolok in South Cotabato felt this tremor at intensity 4.
Tupi in South Cotabato and Cagayan de Oro City felt the earthquake at intensity 3, Phivolcs added. PNA