Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Strikes Southern Philippines

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck offshore near Glan town in Sarangani province, early Saturday morning, the United States Geological Survey said.

Sources: News.ABS-CBN.Com and SanFrancisco.CBSLocal.Com

The tremor struck at a depth of 26 kilometers around 4:23 a.m., the USGS said.

The USGS recorded the quake initially at magnitude 7.2 before revising it.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it recorded the earthquake at magnitude 7.2.

It was felt at Intensity V in the following areas: General Santos City; Koronadal City; Santa Maria, Jose Abad Santos,
Don Marcelino, Balot Island, Davao Occidental; Polomolok, Tupi, South Cotabato; Alabel, Malapatan, Glan, Sarangani; Palimbag, Sultan Kudarat

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Intensity IV- Davao City; Cotabato City; Zamboanga City
Intensity III- Cagayan De Oro City
Intensity II- Kidapawan City

Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum told radio DZMM that residents near coastal areas in the region should be wary of possible tsunami waves.

He said the quake is also expected to trigger aftershocks and cause damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, in an initial advisory, said the quake may trigger tsunami waves as far away as Indonesia.

Hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coastal areas located within 300 km of the earthquake’s epicenter, it added.


Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Strikes Southern Philippines