A magnitude 6.9 quake jolted Davao del Sur on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.
The tectonic quake struck 9 kilometers northwest of Matanao at 2:11 p.m.
The latest tremor to hit the Davao Region had a depth of 3 kilometers. A devastating eathquake also rattled Davao del Sur and neighboring South Cotabato on October 16, 23 and 29 this year. In 1924, the Davao Region was hit by a Magnitude 8. 3 killer quake, the strongest to hit the region. Authorities said giant quakes could recur in about 100 years.
In the Sunday quake, Intensity 7 was felt in Matanao and Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, and Intensity 6 in Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan, Davao del Sur; Alabel and Malapatan, Sarangani; and Koronadal City.
Other recorded intensities:
Intensity 5 — Tulunan and Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan, Sarangani
Intensity 3 — Kalilangan, Talakag and Dangcagan, Bukidnon
Intensity 2 — Impasugong, Bukidnon; Cagayan de Oro City; Dipolog City
Intensity 1– Zamboanga del Sur
Phivolcs said aftershocks and damages are expected. (PNA)