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Davao Occidental Hit by Earthquake with 7.1 Magnitude

EARTHQUAKE – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded a 7.1 magnitude quake in Davao Occidental, January 21, 2021.

Most of the time, quakes hit with no prior signs. Recently, several places in and out of the Philippines were shaken by quakes of different magnitudes.

One of the strong quakes recorded by Phivolcs is the 7.1 magnitude quake in Davao Oriental. There were expected aftershocks due to the said quake and a tsunami advisory was released.

Previously, in April 22, Phivolcs recorded a quake in a part of Zambales. It had a magnitude of 6.1. Strong shaking were felt leaving people fearing about the so-called “Big One“. But the agency advises the people to wait for factual information and not to panic.

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Recently, a quake has hit a part of Davao Occidental. At 08:23 pm of January 21, 2021, Jose Abad Santos was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1.


According to Phivolcs, the quake that hit a part of Davao Occidental was located at 05.02°North, 127.66°East – 244 km South 66° East of Jose Abad Santos. The quake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 111 kilometers.

Phivolcs stated in its bulletin that no damage is expected of the said quake but there may be aftershocks. The following intensities were felt in these areas:

  • Intensity V
    • General Santos City
    • Kiamba, Glan, Maitum, & Malungon, Sarangani
  • Intensity IV
    • Mati City
    • Davao City
    • Cotabato City
    • Digos City
    • Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur
    • Alabel, Maasim, & Malapatan, Sarangani\
    • Tagum City, Davao Del Norte
    • Koronadal City, Tupi, Lake Sebu, Banga & Polomolok, South Cotabato
  • Intensity III
    • San Francisco, Southern Leyte
    • Datu Blah T. Sinsuat, Maguindanao
    • Zamboanga City
    • Cagayan De Oro City
    • Tandag City, Surigao Del Sur
    • Sto Niño, South Cotabato
  • Intensity II
    • City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur
    • Talakag, Kalilangan, Baungon, Malitbog, Don Carlos, Valencia City and Maramag, Bukidnon
    • Camiguin Island
    • Kidapawan City
    • Baybay City, Leyte
    • Taguloan, Jasaan, Balingansag, Balingoan, Magsaysay and Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental

Keep safe everyone. We’ll keep you posted for official updates from Phivolcs and other weather agencies.

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