Magnitude-6.5 quake rocks Davao Oriental

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A magnitude-6.5 earthquake with aftershocks hit Davao Oriental Saturday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The earthquake struck an area off Mati, Davao Oriental at 6:53 a.m., Phivolcs said.

Multiple aftershocks have followed the quake, the strongest recorded by Phivolcs was a magnitude-4.9 tremor at 7:45 a.m.

Phivolcs and the Davao regional police said no casualties or damages to property have been reported following the quake that was tectonic in nature.

No tsunami warning was issued.

"Since it's offshore, 21 kilometers southeast of Mati and the depth is not so shallow at 42 kilometers, the energy of the quake felt on land is not that significant," Phivolcs Renato Solidum told CNN Philippines.

Intensity 5 was felt in Mati and Baganga in Davao Oriental; Davao City; and Tagum City and Island Garden City of Samal in Davao Del Norte.

"Intensity 5 shaking is considered strong. It is generally felt by people indoors, and many people sleeping are awakened," Solidum said. "At that intensity we don't see significant damage," he added.

Intensity 4 was felt in General Santos City; Alabel, Glan and Malapatan in Sarangani; Polomolok, South Cotabato; Butuan City, Governor Generoso and Cateel in Davao Oriental; Digos City, Davao Del Sur; Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental; Braulio Dujali, Davao Del Norte; and Talacogon, Agusan Del Sur.

Intensity 3 was also felt in the follwing areas: Tupi, South Cotabato; Cagayan De Oro City; Gingoog, Misamis Oriental; Malaybalay,Valencia, Maramag, Don Carlos, Quezon and Monolo Fortich in Bukidnon; Boston, Davao Oriental; Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat; and Kiblawan, Davao Del Sur.

Intensity 2 was felt in Kidapawan City and Makilala, North Cotobato.

Solidum said there is no need to panic, but Filipinos should always be prepared, adding that stronger earthquakes occurred in Davao Oriental in the past.