EARTHQUAKE: 6.8 Magnitude Quake Hit Davao Occidental

Phivolcs Releases Bulletin about the Earthquake Today in Davao Occidental, November 17, 2023

EARTHQUAKE – The Phivolcs recorded a 6.8 magnitude quake in Davao Occidental today, Friday, November 17, 2023.

Following the 4.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Sarangani yesterday, another significant quake was recently recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in another province. According to the agency, the quake hit Davao Occidental today. It had a magnitude of 6.8.

Earthquake Today

The earthquake today that struck Davao Occidental, Friday, November 17, 2023, at 04:14 p.m., was tectonic in origin. It specifically hit Sarangani Island.

According to Phivolcs, the earthquake that hit a part of Davao Occidental was located at 05.38°North, 125.24°East – 028 km South 68° West of Sarangani Island. It had a depth of focus of 063 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 were felt in these areas:

  • Intensity I
    • Cabanglasan, Dangcagan, Libona, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, Maramag, Talakag, and City of Valencia, BUKIDNON
    • Mambajao, CAMIGUIN
    • Balingasag, and Villanueva, MISAMIS ORIENTAL
  • Intensity II
    • Don Carlos, and San Fernando, BUKIDNON;
    • Maco, and New Bataan, DAVAO DE ORO
    • Carmen, COTABATO
  • Intensity III
    • Kalilangan, BUKIDNON
    • Laak, and Nabunturan, DAVAO DE ORO
    • Aleosan, Antipas, M’lang, Magpet, and Pigkawayan, COTABATO
    • Surallah, SOUTH COTABATO
    • City of Isabela, BASILAN
    • Jolo, SULU
  • Intensity IV
    • Magsaysay, DAVAO DEL SUR
    • Banisilan, Matalam, Kabacan, and City of Kidapawan, COTABATO
    • Malapatan, SARANGANI
    • Norala, Tantangan, Santo Niño, and T’Boli, SOUTH COTABATO
    • Bagumbayan, Kalamansig, Lebak, Lutayan, Palimbang, President Quirino, and Senator Ninoy Aquino, SULTAN KUDARAT
    • City of Bislig, and Hinatuan, SURIGAO DEL SUR
    • Datu Odin Sinsuat, MAGUINDANAO
    • City of Bayugan, AGUSAN DEL SUR
  • Intensity V
    • Pantukan, DAVAO DE ORO
    • City of Tagum, DAVAO DEL NORTE
    • Jose Abad Santos, DAVAO OCCIDENTAL
    • Alabel, Kiamba, Maitum, Maasim, and Malungon, SARANGANI
    • Banga, Lake Sebu, Tampakan, and Tupi, SOUTH COTABATO
    • City of Tacurong, SULTAN KUDARAT
  • Intensity VI
    • City of Koronadal and Polomolok, SOUTH COTABATO
  • Intensity VII
    • Glan, 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. They are the bodies releasing advisories whenever there are threats of tsunami following a strong quake shaking the land in the coastal area or underwater.

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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