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Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes Sarangani

A 7.2 earthquake struck Sarangani province early this morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Phivolcs/Released

MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 7.2 earthquake jolted Sarangani Province early this morning, a bulletin from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said, generating possible aftershocks and damage.

Phivolcs has cancelled its tsunami advisory hours after the tremblor although it recorded small fluctuations in wave height in the area.

“Phivolcs has now cancelled its Tsunami Advisory as there is no longer a tsunami threat for this event. This will be the final tsunami information issued for this event," an advisory from the agency said.

Phivolcs said that the earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at a depth of 57 kilometers at 4:23 this morning.  

The location of the tremor was at 05.02°N, 125.24°E - 053 km S 30° west of Sarangani (Davao Occidental), according to the agency.

The quake was felt at Intensity V or strong in the following areas: General Santos City; Koronadal City; Santa Maria, Jose Abad Santos, Don Marcelino, Balot Island in Davao Occidental; Polomolok, Tupi, South Cotabato; Alabel, Malapatan, Glan in Sarangani; Palimbag, Sultan Kudarat.

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Davao City, Cotabato City and Zamboanga City felt Intensity IV or moderately strong, according to Phivolcs.

Intensity III or weak was experienced in Cagayan De Oro City while Intensity II was felt in Kidapawan City.

Phivolcs said that aftershocks and damage should be expected following the quake.

Central Mindanao, including Lanao del Sur, is one of the seismically active areas in the country because of the presence of the western extension of the Mindanao Fault (Cotabato-Sindangan Fault), an active fault that runs from Sarangani province to northwest of Zamboanga Peninsula.

Cotabato Trench is also a major source of earthquakes which can affect the region. In addition, there exist other local active faults, which can be sources of small to moderate-magnitude earthquakes.

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