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Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes Davao del Sur




The earthquake comes just two days after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Maguindanao

CAGYAN DE ORO, Philippines – An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit southern Mindanao on Monday afternoon, August 15, just two days after a strong tremor rocked Maguindanao province in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The quake, which was of tectonic origin, came at 4:23 pm at a depth of 6 km near the town of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolex said it expects damages and consequences.

The quake was felt in Davao City, other parts of southern Mindanao, the Soxkesargen region, and even as far east as the easternmost province of Misamis in northern Mindanao.

In a public notice, the Davao City Office of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management advised residents to check their homes and other buildings for damage.

Phivolex said the following severity has been reported in the affected areas:

Intensity V – Kidapawan City; Davao City; Tobi and Polololuk, South Cotabato; Density of IV – Sta. Cruz, Bansalan, Digos City, and Matanao, Davao City; the coronation city of Tampakan, Nurala, Banga and South Cotabato; Label, Sarangani; Lutaian, Columbus, President Quirino, and Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat; Density III – Cotabato City; Tantangan, South Cotabato; Surallah, relief, education, shelter and hope, Sultan Qadarat; Magpet, Arakan, Pigcawayan, and President Roxas, Cotabato; Kiamba and Glan, Sarangani, Second Density – Wrist, Sarangani

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit the town of Datu Blah Te Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Saturday afternoon, August 13. The earthquake was felt as far away as Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental.

This came just four days before the 46th anniversary of the 8.0-magnitude earthquake that claimed many lives and caused great damage in Sultan Kudarat and other Mindanao regions in 1976.

The epicenter of the 1976 earthquake, called the Midnight Killer, originated near the town of Lebak in Sultan Kudarat. –




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