EARTHQUAKE: 5.0 Magnitude Quake Hit South Cotabato

Phivolcs Releases Bulletin about the Earthquake Today in South Cotabato, August 26, 2023

EARTHQUAKE – The Phivolcs recorded a 5.0 magnitude quake in South Cotabato today, August 26, 2023.

Following the yesterday, another significant quake was recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in another province. The quake hit South Cotabato. According to the agency, it had a magnitude of 5.0.

Earthquake Today

The earthquake today that struck South Cotabato, Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 03:13 a.m. was tectonic in origin. It specifically hit Surallah.

According to Phivolcs, the earthquake that hit a part of South Cotabato was located at 06.30°North, 124.74°East – 009 km South 04° West of Surallah. It had a depth of focus of 009 kilometers.

Phivolcs stated in its bulletin that damages are expected from the said quake as well as aftershocks. According to the quake-recording agency, the following intensities and instrumental intensities were recorded in these areas:

  • Intensity II
    • Maitum, SARANGANI
  • Intensity III
    • Lake Sebu, SOUTH COTABATO
    • Malungon, SARANGANI
  • Intensity IV
    • Surallah, Banga, Tampakan, Tupi, T’Boli, and City of Koronadal, SOUTH COTABATO
    • Maasim, Alabel, Glan, and Malapatan, SARANGANI
    • General Santos City

Instrumental Intensities:

  • Intensity I
    • Lebak and President Quirino, SULTAN KUDARAT
  • Intensity II
    • Isulan and Columbio, SULTAN KUDARAT
    • Tantangan and Norala, SOUTH COTABATO
    • Don Marcelino, DAVAO OCCIDENTAL
  • Intensity III
    • Alabel, Malungon, Malapatan, and Maitum, SARANGANI
  • Intensity IV
    • Tupi, Banga, Polomolok, Surallah, and Santo Ñino, SOUTH COTABATO
    • General Santos City
    • Kiamba and Maasim, SARANGANI
  • Intensity V
    • Lake Sebu, SOUTH COTABATO

Earthquakes are among the natural incidents that cannnot be predicted accurately as most experts in the field agree on. Thus, most countries really make sure that they have a bureau or an organization that monitors a quake incident across their nation.

Quakes can happen in land and underwater. In the case of the latter, it can trigger tsunami thus quake-recording agencies are also often the one that monitors tsunami threats. On land, quakes can result to damages and loss of lives thus it is important to be aware of the earthquake safety tips to reduce the risk of damages and loss of lives by knowing what to do.

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