By Jim Lloyd Dongiapon
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit several areas in Mindanao at around 4:23 PM today, August 15.
Its epicenter is located 06.65° North, 125.14° East – 012 kilometers South 10° West of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, with a depth of focus of 24 kilometers.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) initially reported that the said tremor was at magnitude 5.6, with its epicenter at 06.84° North, 125.09° East – 011 kilometers North 36° West of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, with a depth of focus of six kilometers.
Reported intensities are as follows:
Intensity V – Kidapawan City; Davao City; Tupi and Polomolok, South Cotabato; Malungon, Sarangani
Intensity IV – Sta. Cruz, Bansalan, Digos City, and Matanao, Davao del Sur;
Koronadal City; Tampakan, Norala, and Banga, South Cotabato; Alabel, Sarangani;
Lutayan, Columbio, Pres. Quirino, Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat;
Tulunan and M’lang, Cotabato
Intensity III – Cotabato City; Tantangan, Surallah, Kiamba, and Glan, Sarangani
Palimbang, Isulan, Tacurong, and Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat; Magpet, Arakan, Pigcawayan
and Pres. Roxas, Cotabato
Intensity II -Maasim, Sarangani
Meanwhile, here are the instrumental intensities:
Intensity V – Kidapawan City, Cotabato; Tupi, South Cotabato
Intensity IV – Davao City, Davao Del Sur; Alabel, Sarangani; Koronadal City, General Santos City, South Cotabato; Columbio, Sultan Kudarat
Intensity III – Kiamba, Glan, Sarangani; Surallah, T’Boli, Santo Nino, South Cotabato
Intensity II – Nabunturan, Davao de Oro; Maasim, Sarangani
Intensity I – Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
On the other hand, the emergency alert system of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) notified residents from affected areas of the shaking at 4:35PM, roughly 12 minutes after the tremor.
PHIVOLCS and NDRRMC alerted everyone that aftershocks and structural damage are expected following the quake.
As of now, there are no reported injuries, missing, or deaths yet due to the earthquake.