EARTHQUAKE: 6.6 Magnitude Quake Hit Davao Occidental

Phivolcs Releases Bulletin about the Earthquake Today in Davao Occidental, September 26, 2023

EARTHQUAKE – The Phivolcs recorded a 6.6 magnitude quake in Davao Occidental today, Tuesday, September 26, 2023.

Following the 4.9 magnitude earthquake in Occidental Mindoro a few days ago, another significant quake was recently recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in the province. According to the agency, the quake that hit Davao Occidental has a magnitude of 6.6.

Earthquake Today

The earthquake today that struck Davao Occidental, Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 09:39 a.m. was tectonic in origin. It specifically hit Balut Island in the municipality of Sarangani.

According to Phivolcs, the earthquake that hit a part of Davao Occidental was located at 03.18°North, 128.64°East – 434 km South 55° East of Balut Island. It had a depth of focus of 122 kilometers.

Phivolcs stated in its bulletin that damages are not expected from the said quake but there might be aftershocks. According to the quake-recording agency, no intensity was recorded at the epicenter of the quake as well as the nearby areas. No instrumental intensity was logged as well.

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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