Non-destructive aftershocks expected from Davao Occidental quake


Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) allayed fears about aftershocks this agency expects from the magnitude 5 earthquake in Davao Occidental province on Sunday night (Jan. 12), noting destruction from these tremors isfar-fetched.

”Those aftershocks won’t be destructive,” Phivolcs science research assistant Ponch Alcones said after the agency reported expecting tremors in the earthquake’s aftermath.

He noted Phivolcs so far monitored only one aftershock from the 9:07 p.m. earthquake.

”That aftershock occurred at 3.59 a.m. Monday (Jan. 13) but wasn’t felt,” he said.

Succeeding aftershocks will be similar as well, he noted.

Phivolcs earlier reported the earthquake of tectonic origin struck 44 km south 16° east of Davao Occidental’s Jose Abad Santos municipality and at a depth of 125 km.

According to Phivolcs, the earthquake was felt at Intensity IV in Mati, Davao Oriental province as well as Intensity III in General Santos City, Tagum City, Davao City, Davao del Sur province’s Malita municipality and South Cotabato province’s Tampakan municipality.

The earthquake was also felt at Intensity II in Kidapawan City, Koronadal City and Sarangani province’s Glan municipality, Phivolcs noted.

Phivolcs describes intensities IV, III and II as “moderately strong,” “weak” and “slightly felt,” respectively.

Davao Occidental west of Davao Gulf is the country’s newest province, created last year through RA 10360 (Charter of the Province of Davao Occidental Act) with Malita municipality as capital. PNA


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