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Magnitude 5.9 quake rocks New Bataan, Davao de Oro

October 20 ------ A 5.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Davao de Oro province early Friday morning, Oct. 20, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Phivolcs said the earthquake, which struck at 2:58 a.m., had its epicenter 35 kilometers (km) southeast of New Bataan, Davao de Oro. It occurred at a shallow depth of 13 km beneath the epicenter.

Phivolcs said the quake was felt at Intensity V (strong) in Caraga in Davao Oriental and New Bataan, Maragusan, and Pantukan in Davao de Oro. It was also felt at Intensity IV (moderately strong) in Nabunturan, Compostela, Monkayo, Mawab, Montevista, Laak, Mabini, and Maco in Davao de Oro; Intensity III (weak) in Davao City and Tagum City in Davao del Norte; and Intensity I (scarcely perceptible) in Bislig City and Tandag City in Surigao del Sur.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was tectonic, which means it was caused by the movement of an active fault near the area. It also said that there may have been damage caused by the earthquake and warned the public about potential aftershocks.



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