The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted Sarangani, Davao Occidental on Wednesday afternoon. The tremor occurred at 2:06 p.m. with the epicenter recorded some 325 kilometers off Sarangani, away from the country’s landmass.
Phivolcs said the country is unlikely to experience a tsunami following the quake.
“As it occurred offshore, Phivolcs assessed that there is no Tsunami threat,” the agency said in an advisory sent to media.
“Based on data provided by the Sea Level Monitoring Station in Mati City, Davao Oriental, no sea level changes were monitored,” it added.
The earthquake was of tectonic origin and had a depth of 64 kilometers.
Phivolcs said intensities were recorded in Glan, Maasim, and Malungon, Sarangani; Banga, City of Koronadal; Polomolok, Tampakan, and Tupi, South Cotabato; City of General Santos; Kalamansig, Palimbang, and President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat at Intensity II.
Lake Sebu, and Surallah, South Cotabato; Columbia, Sultan Kudarat experienced Intensity I.
Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental; Nabunturan, Davao de Oro; Glan and Kiamba, Sarangani; General Santos City, Tupi, Santo Niño, Koronadal City, and T’Boli, South Cotabato also experienced Intensity II, while Intensity I was felt in Kidapawan City, Cotabato; Maitum and Maasim, Sarangani; Tantangan, Lake Sebu, Tampakan, Suralla, and Norala, South Cotabato; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur.
So far, no damage has been recorded but aftershocks are expected, said Phivolcs.
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