Magnitude 5 Quake Hits Davao Oriental

April 20, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rocked Davao Oriental and nearby provinces before dawn Wednesday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the tremor occurred at 1:17 a.m.

The epicenter was traced 16 kilometers northeast of Cateel town in Davao Oriental.

The tremor, which was of tectonic origin, had a depth of 102 kilometers.

Phivolcs said the quake was felt at Intensity 4 in Cateel and in Bislig City, Hinatuan and Barobo towns in Surigao del Sur.

The tremor was also felt at Intensity 3 in Lingig and Lianga in Surigao del Sur, while Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental and Valencia City in Bukidnon slightly felt it at Intensity 2.

Phivolcs’ seismic instrument, on the other hand, recorded Intensity 3 in Bislig City.

Karen Garcia, science research assistant of the Phivolcs Earthquake Monitoring Division, said there was no reported damage or casualty from the tremor.

However, she said the bureau was expecting aftershocks from the quake.

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