5 aftershocks recorded after 6.4 quake in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 September) — At least five aftershocks have been recorded since the magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck at 3:16 p.m. Saturday

The aftershocks registered magnitude 3.6 at 5:18 p.m., 16 km southeast of Manay; 2.9 at 5:48 p.m., 21 km northeast of Manay; 2.3 at 6:53 p.m., 28 km southeast of Manay;  3.0 at 9:52 pm, 21 km southeast of Manay; and 3.3 at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, September 9, at 9 km southeast of Manay

The quake sent thousands of residents out of their houses, schools, malls and hospitals and while there were reports of one totally damaged house and four partially damaged in Mati City, a few shattered glasses in some buildings in Davao City, there were no reported deaths or injuries.

Patients and staff evacuate hospital facility at Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center in Mati City on Saturday, September 08, 2018 due to the magnitue 6.4 quake with epicenter in Manay town. The patients and staff were allowed to return inside after the engineering team declared it safe. Photo from the Province of Davao Oriental Facebook page

In Manay, Davao Oriental, the quake’s epicenter, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) reported minor cracks at the Manay District Hospital.

According to the report posted by the provincial information office in the Davao Oriental Facebook page, one house was partially damaged in Barangay Central in Tarragona town, as well as damages on the national road along Purok Buhangin.

It said structural damages on the Regional Evacuation Center were also reported and “some parts of a parish church have also been damaged.” The report did not name the parish.

The report also noted that in the City of Mati, patients and hospital staff who were evacuated out of the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center had returned inside the hospital facility after the engineering and the disaster teams declared it safe for them to go back.

The hospital management said they made sure that all electrical wirings were checked first before allowing patients and staff to return. Some cracks, however were noted on the walls of the hospital.

Also in Mati City, one house was reported totally damaged and “four partially damaged in an Islamic area in Magsaysay.”

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang called on to all residents to continue to stay calm, vigilant and take the necessary precautions against all hazards.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Phivolcs) in its Earthquake Info No. 5 issued at 7:09 p.m. on Sunday corrected earlier announcements about the quake of tectonic origin that struck at 3:16:49 p.m. on Saturday.

It said the quake’s epicenter was 9 km southwest of Manay, Davao Oriental, 10 kilometers deep. Earthquake Info No. 1 said it was 14 km northeast of Manay and 28 kilometers deep and its magnitude was 6.3.

The quake, according to Info No. 5 registered Intensity VI in Manay and Tarragona in Davao Oriental; Intensity V in Davao City, Mati City in Davao Oriental, Rosario in Agusan Del Sur and Maco in Compostela Valley;  Intensity IV in Koronadal City, Bislig City,  Caraga in Davao Oriental, Tagum City.

The quake was felt at Intensity III in  Tupi, South Cotabato; and Alabel, Glan and Malapatan towns in Sarangani; Intensity II in Cotabato City, General Santos City; Valencia City,  Kalilangan, San Fernando, and Maramag towns in Bukidnon; Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental and Butuan City; and Intensity I in Cagayan de Oro City and Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon.(MindaNews)