Philippines earthquake: Strong tremor shakes Davao City and Butuan


PUBLISHED Sat, September 03, 2016 - 10:52pm EDT
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A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 has struck the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, with shaking felt in Davao City, Butuan, Tagum, Bislig, Mati and other areas, seismologists and local residents say. (more)





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The earthquake, which struck at 10:38 a.m. local time on Sunday, was centered near Lapinigan in the municipality of San Francisco, or about 74 kilometers southeast of Butuan City. It struck at a depth of just 12 kilometers, making it a very shallow earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 5.9, though the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology put the magnitude at a slightly lower 5.7. It said major damage is unlikely though aftershocks are expected.

Residents across the island reported feeling the tremors, including residents in Davao City, Butuan, Tagum, Bislig, and Mati. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and no tsunami warning has been issued.

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