Magnitude 6.4 earthquake jolts Davao region

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 8) — A strong earthquake hit Southern Mindanao on Saturday afternoon.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported a magnitude 6.4 earthquake with an epicenter near Manay, Davao Oriental at 3:16 p.m. It had earlier reported the magnitude as 6.3.

This was preceded by a weaker magnitude 3.2 earthquake at 1:32 p.m. near Sarangani, Davao Oriental.

While strongly felt, Phivolcs said that it would not cause a tsunami.

“The 6.4 magnitude earthquake, since it was offshore, was not a damaging one, and will not trigger a tsunami,” Phivolcs Executive Director Renato Solidum said in an interview with CNN Philippines’ Newsroom.

The earthquake was felt throughout Mindanao. It was strongest in Manay and Tarragona, Davao Oriental, at Intensity VI.

It was Intensity V in Davao City, Mati City in Davao Oriental, Rosario in Agusan Del Sur and Maco in Compostela Valley.

Intensity IV was reported in the cities of Koronadal, Bislig, and Tagum, and in Caraga, Davao Oriental.

Netizens report that they were made to evacuate from malls and other tall buildings in Davao City.

Magnitude 6.4 S. Mindanao

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