Earthquakes jolt Sarangani, Kalinga

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COTABATO CITY: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Malapatan town in Sarangani on Saturday morning, while a 3.4-magnitude tremor jolted Kalinga earlier on Friday night, the government’s volcanology office said.

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In a bulletin, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake was tectonic in origin, with its epicenter located near Malapatan.

The earthquake was felt at 8:30 a.m. and Phivolcs said the quake had a depth of 30 kilometers and its epicenter was traced 22 kilometers southeast of Malapatan.

Intensity 5 was experienced in Malapatan and Alabel towns and General Santos City, while Intensity 4 was felt in Digos City and Kiamba in Sarangani, as well as Intensity 3 was recorded in Davao City and Lebak, Sultan Kudarat province.

Phivolcs did not reported any casualty or damage from the quake as of Saturday afternoon, however, aftershocks were expected.

Kalinga, too

Meanwhile, two mild earthquakes shook the capital city of Tabuk in Kalinga on Friday night.

The first tremor was at 7:48 p.m., measured at magnitude 3.4 and another one at 8:25 p.m. was at magnitude 2.4.

The epicenter of both quakes, according to the Phivolcs was at 17.33 North, 121.36 East, 16 kilometers South west of Tabuk City.

No aftershocks occurred though and authorities recorded no damage.

with THOM F. PICAÑA

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