Phivolcs Releases Bulletin about the Earthquake Today in Davao Occidental, August 29, 2023
EARTHQUAKE – The Phivolcs recorded a 5.5 magnitude quake in Davao Occidental today, August 29, 2023.
Following the 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Oriental Mindoro last week, another significant quake was recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in another province. The quake hit Davao Occidental. According to the agency, it had a magnitude of 5.5.
The earthquake today that struck Davao Occidental, Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at 01:59 a.m. was tectonic in origin. It specifically hit Balut Island in Sarangani.
According to Phivolcs, the earthquake that hit a part of Davao Occidental was located at 03.91°North, 126.63°East – 214 km South 39° East of Balut Island. It had a depth of focus of 015 kilometers.
Phivolcs stated in its bulletin that damages are not expected from the said quake but there may be aftershocks. According to the quake-recording agency, no intensity was recorded at the epicenter of the quake as well as the nearby areas. As of this writing, instrumental intensity I was logged in the following areas:
- Tupi, South Cotabato
- Malungon, Sarangani
- Kiamba, Sarangani
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.