• Davao power lines spared from earthquake

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    No power transmission services were reportedly damaged after a 5.7- magnitude earthquake shook some parts of Davao Oriental on Wednesday morning, the country’s power grid operator said.

    The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said that tall the power transmission services it operates in the area remain normal despite the occurrence of a 5.7-magnitude earthquake in Davao Oriental at 7:58 a.m. on Wednesday.

    “The grid remains intact as there had been no reported cases of power interruptions and damaged transmission facilities,” NGCP further said.

    NGCP, through its Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP), continuously implements the necessary preparations and precautions to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to be affected disasters like earthquakes, typhoons, floods, landslides, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and fire emergencies.

    On Wednesday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) confirmed that a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Davao Oriental province, but the movement was not strong enough to stir aftershocks.

    The epicenter of the earthquake was located 57 kilometers southeast of Mati, Davao Oriental, which felt an intensity five tremor, together with Davao City and Toril, Davao del Sur.

    Meanwhile, an intensity four earthquake hit Digos City; and Don Marcelino and Malita, Davao del Sur, while an intensity three temblor was felt in Butuan City; Kidapawan City; Tagum City; Panabo City; Compostela Valley; and Matanao, Davao del Sur.
    According to Philvolcs, intensity five is already generally felt by most people indoors and outdoors.

    “Many sleeping people are awakened. Some are frightened, some run outdoors. Strong shaking and rocking felt throughout the building. Hanging objects swing violently. Dining utensils clatter and clink; some are broken. Small, light and unstable objects may fall or overturn. Liquids spill from filled, open containers. Standing vehicles rock noticeably.
    Shaking of leaves and twigs of trees are noticeable,” the bureau further said.

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