No tsunami threat after magnitude 7.3 quake in Sarangani — Phivolcs

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There is no tsunami threat following the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that jolted Sarangani, Davao Occidental on Wednesday, 18 January, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Phivolcs said the tremor occurred at 2:06 p.m. with the epicenter recorded offshore 352 kilometers away S 30° E of Sarangani, Davao Occidental.

“As it occurred offshore, Phivolcs assessed that there is no tsunami threat,” the agency said in an advisory sent to reporters.

“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.

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.

The Lake Sebu, and Surallah, South Cotabato; Columbia, Sultan Kudarat experienced Intensity I.

Meanwhile, instrumental intensities were reported in the 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 at Intensity II as well as
Intensity I in Kidapawan City, Cotabato; Maitum and Maasim, Sarangani; Tantangan, Lake Sebu, Tampakan, Suralla, and Norala, South Cotabato; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur.

So far, there were no damages recorded but aftershocks are expected, according to Phivolcs.

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