Strong earthquake rocks Mindanao, Philippines


TAGUM CITY, Philippines – A strong, magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook several areas of southern and central Mindanao, Philippines around 6:53am Saturday, September 24, the US Geological Services (USGS) said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake measured at magnitude 6 and took place 32 kilometers southeast of Mati at a depth of 39 kilometers.

Phivolcs said it was not expecting damages from the tectonic quake but has anticipated aftershocks.

The quake’s epicenter was in Barangay (village) Bobon in Mati, Davao Oriental and had a depth of 69 kilometers, the USGS said in its initial report.

It was felt in Davao Oriental, Davao City, Digos City, North Cotabato and South Cotabato.

There were no immediate reports of damages and injuries.

Preliminary Earthquake Report:

Magnitude 6.3

Date-Time • 23 Sep 2016 22:53:10 UTC

• 24 Sep 2016 06:53:10 near epicenter

Location 6.570N 126.485E

Depth 62 km

Distances • 36 km (22 mi) SE of Tamisan, Philippines
• 51 km (31 mi) SE of Mati, Philippines
• 63 km (39 mi) SE of Lupon, Philippines
• 71 km (44 mi) S of Manay, Philippines
• 887 km (549 mi) W of Koror Town, Palau

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 4.8 km; Vertical 5.5 km

Parameters Nph = 99; Dmin = 114.1 km; Rmss = 1.07 seconds; Gp = 29°