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Davao de Oro rocked by magnitude 5.9 earthquake October 20,2023 - 08:43 AM

Davao de Oro earthquake

Davao de Oro earthquake

MANILA, Philippines — Davao de Oro was hit by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake early morning on Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The tectonic temblor struck at 2:58 a.m., and Phivolcs located its epicenter at 35 kilometers southeast of New Bataan Municipality.

Phivolcs said the quake was felt in varying strengths in the following areas:

  • Intensity V- Caraga, Davao Oriental; New Bataan, Maragusan, and Pantukan, Davao de Oro
  • Intensity IV- Nabunturan, Compostela, Monkayo, Mawab, Montevista, Laak, Mabini, and Maco, Davao de Oro
  • Intensity III- City of Davao; City of Tagum, Davao del Norte
  • Intensity I- City of Bislig and City of Tandag, Surigao del Sur

It also said that based on their scales, the ground movement registered the following instrumental intensities in different areas:

  • Instrumental Intensity IV – Nabunturan, Davao de Oro
  • Instrumental Intensity III – Malungon, Sarangani
  • Instrumental Intensity II – Magpet, Alamada, Cotabato; City of Davao Matanao, Davao del Sur Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental; City of Koronadal, Tupi, and Tampakan, South Cotabato
  • Instrumental Intensity I – Malaybalay,Bukidnon; M’lang and City of Kidapawan, Cotabato; City of Gingoog, Misamis Oriental; Malapatan and Kiamba, Sarangani; Polomolok, South Cotabato; City of General Santos

Phivolcs warned that damage and aftershocks are likely from this earthquake.

In a previous interview with, Phivolcs Science Research Analyst Lara Guianan explained that intensity is the power of an earthquake as felt and reported by the affected population while instrumental intensity is the quake’s strength as measured by an intensity meter or scale.

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