6.8 quake jolts Davao; kid dies
Duterte safe; 37 hurt; rescue efforts in full swing
The President’s house was not damaged by the earthquake, he added, but it would still be checked for structural integrity. Panelo asked the public to remain calm and be vigilant in anticipation of aftershocks. “We likewise ask the public to refrain from spreading disinformation that may cause undue alarm and panic among affected communities,” Panelo said. He said all concerned government agencies have been mobilized to respond to the present conditions and provide immediate assistance to those in need. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said buildings at the Davao airport showed cracks after the quake struck. No damage, however, was reported to the airport’s runway. There was no threat of a tsunami, said the US Geological Survey, which initially reported the magnitude at 6.9.
Intensity 7 was felt in Matanao and Magsaysay in Davao del Sur, while Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan in Davao del Sur; Alabel and Malapatan in Sarangani, and Koronadal City experienced intensity 6. Intensity 5 was felt in Tulunan and Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City and Glam in Sarangani, while Kalilangan, Talakag and Dangcagan in Bukidon had intensity 3. Intensity 2 was felt in Impasug-ong in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro, and intensity 1 in Zamboanga del Sur. Three quakes above 6.0 magnitude hit roughly the same area of Mindanao in a matter of weeks in October, killing some two dozen people and heavily damaging office buildings, schools and apartments. Tens of thousands of people were forced into shelters by the string of tremors, the government said, either because their homes were damaged or they were too afraid to return. Most of the deaths in October were due to collapsing walls and falling debris, including a teenage boy who was crushed by a falling wall as he tried to escape his school. Other fatalities were attributed to rock and landslides unleashed by the violent shaking that injured at least 400 people. The Philippines has been hit by several very powerful earthquakes in recent decades, including one of magnitude 7.8 that struck the northern resort town of Baguio in 1990. That tremor toppled multi-story buildings and hotels, killing some 1,200 people. With AFP READ: Quake victims gain 5k bottles of drinking water READ: 3rd quake kills five in Mindanao