Magnitude 6.4 earthquake jolts Cotabato City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 2) — A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Cotabato City in Maguindanao early Sunday morning.

The tectonic quake, which was earlier recorded at 6.1 magnitude, hit at 1:08 a.m. and was located 13 kilometers (km) east of Cotabato, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

It had a depth of 543 km.

Intensity II was recorded in Alabel and Malungon in Sarangani.

Meanwhile, Intensity I was felt in Tupi, General Santos City and Koronadal City, South Cotabato; and Kiamba, Sarangani.

Phivolcs said no damage was recorded so far. However, aftershocks are expected.

"Pwede pong magka-aftershocks kasi mataas ang magnitude, pero hindi natin inaasahang maging damaging ang paglindol kanina," Phivolcs director Renato Solidum told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Weekend.

[Translation: Aftershocks are possible due to the high magnitude, but we are not expecting that the quake earlier would bring further damage.]

An earthquake also struck Surigao del Sur and other areas in Mindanao last week.

A magnitude 5.8 tectonic earthquake hit Hinatuan town, while a weak tremor was recorded in nine other nearby areas.

Solidum said last week's quake was not connected to the tremor in Maguindanao.

"Wala pong kaugnayan ang lindol noong July 31, dahil buhat ito ng pagkilos sa Philippine Trench sa eastern side ng Mindanao...hindi po sila magkaugnay."

[Translation: The quake that hit last July 31 was caused by a movement along the Philippine Trench on the eastern side of Mindanao...the quakes are not connected.]

Phivolcs reminds the public to conduct a self-check on the integrity of their houses and infrastructure to prepare for any strong earthquake that may cause significant damage to property.