Magnitude 7.1 quake jolts Davao Oriental

December 29, 2018

A MAGNITUDE 7.1 earthquake yesterday struck off Davao Oriental.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake hit the ocean area of the province at 11:39 a.m. yesterday.

The quake’s epicenter was recorded 162kms south of Gov. Generoso town in Davao Oriental. It had a depth of 49 kms.

The Phivolcs immediately warned of a tsunami  in areas that may experience rapid rise or fall of seawater.

Among the areas alerted were Davao Oriental, Sarangani, South Cotabato, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte.

Residents were warned to stay away from the beach.

The Agency said minor waves 0.08 meters in height were recorded at its sea level monitoring station in Mati, Davao Oriental.

The tsunami warning was lifted around 3 p.m. of the same day after the waves returned to normal.

Malacañang called on local government units  in areas affected by the strong quake that struck off the coast of Davao Oriental to monitor and take precautionary measures.

“We ask everyone to be alert and cooperate as we pray for the safety of all,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

No damage to property or casualties have been reported.