Magnitude 4.6 earthquake jolts parts of Davao; injures 2


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DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Parts of southern Mindanao were struck by a magnitude 4.6 earthquake in the morning of Thursday, February 23. At least two people sustained injuries from the incident.

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake jolts parts of Davao; injures 2

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the tectonic earthquake struck at around 9:50 am and its epicentre was found to be some 9 kilometres northwest Davao City at a depth of 15kms. Phivocs explained that quakes of such magnitude and depth are not expected to cause damage.

However, two women were hurt after an old waiting shed located in front of Teodoro Palma Gil Elementary School along Quirino Avenue in Davao City collapsed during the earthquake. ABS-CBN correspondent Francis Magbanua shared a video showing a Rescue 911 personnel assisting an injured woman.


It was reported that the quake was felt at Intensity IV in Davao City.

Meanwhile, a Magnitude 4.2 quake also hit Montevista, Compostela Valley at 9:50 am. The quake was also felt in Davao del Norte provinces as well as Tagum and Panabo cities.

Just a few weeks ago, 6 died while more than 100 others were injured after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook Surigao City.

The quake, which affected at least 11 towns, damaged the provincial capitol, two major bridges and other infrastructures in the city. Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas quickly declared a state of calamity in Surigao City.

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum explained that Eastern Mindanao, which includes Surigao del Norte, is considered a seismically active area in the Philippines due to two earthquake generators- the Philippine Fault and Philippine trench. Moreover, there are other local faults in the area which can be possible sources of small-to-large-magnitude earthquake.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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