A magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted Davao del Sur on Sunday afternoon, Phivolcs said.
The tremor struck 6 kilometers northwest of Padada town in Davao del Sur, a week before Christmas. It was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 30 kilometers, according to Phivolcs.
The tremor will cause damage and aftershocks, Phivolcs said.
Another temblor, measured at magnitude 5.2, hit Matanao town, Davao del Sur at 3:09 p.m., according to Phivolcs.
Instrumental Intensity II was reported in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, while Instrumental Intensity I was recorded in Cagayan de Oro City, state seismologists said.
Below are areas where the magnitude 6.9 quake was felt:
- Intensity VII – Matanao & Magsaysay, Davao del Sur
- Intensity VI – Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan, Davao del Sur; Alabel & Malapatan, Sarangani; Koronadal City
- Intensity V – Tulunan & Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan, Sarangani
- Intensity III – Kalilangan, Talakag & Dangcagan, Bukidnon
- Intensity II – Impasugong, Bukidnon; Cagayan de Oro City; Dipolog City
- Intensity I – Zamboanga del Sur
The following instrumental intensities were reported:
- Intensity VIII – Malungon, Sarangani
- Intensity VI – Alabel, Sarangani; Kidapawan City
- Intensity V – General Santos City; Koronadal City; Tupi, South Cotabato
- Intensity III – Gingoog City
- Intensity II – Zamboanga City; Kiamba, Sarangani
Three powerful quakes, all of which were above 6 on the magnitude scale, struck the region in October, leaving at least 23 dead and scores injured.
Padada Vice Mayor Frachel Guerero said a rescue operation was ongoing in an old building where three people were reportedly trapped.
Photos shared on social media showed homes and other structures damaged in the quake
Speaking to CNN Philippines Sunday, Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said reports about damage should be coming in soon, but he said it was too soon to speculate on what damage could have occurred.
“This is a strong earthquake,” he said. However, Solidum said they have not issued a tsunami warning as the epicenter was inland.
Senator Richard Gordon, who is also the chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross, said he has instructed the Philippine Red Cross in Iloilo to send a team to Padada to help in the “rescue and recovery of casualties” in a collapsed building.