Aftershocks expected after N. Cotabato quake – Phivolcs
By Bohol Island News Staff/10:10 PM October 16, 2019
A day after Boholanos remembered the 6th anniversary of the powerful quake that hit the province in 2013, a strong tremor rocked Mindanao Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019.
Worried for friends and relatives who are in near the epicenter when the earth shook Wednesday evening, Boholanos invoked the Divine Intervention to keep their loved ones safe from harm.
“In Jesus name save your people Lord God to all Mindanao area specially my Family.
6.3 magnitude oh God,” said Daisy G. on Facebook.
According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), there has been no threat of a tsunami following the magnitude 6.3 quake that hit North Cotabato on Wednesday night.
The quake was of tectonic origin, according to the Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr. in a radio interview with radio DZMM moments after news of the tremor broke.
The Phivolcs director said the agency has not issued a tsunami warning, as opposed to circulating hoax information online and via text messages.
He said, however, that aftershocks were to be expected.
Though aftershocks are usually weaker than the primary quake, stronger tremors remain a possibility, Solidum added.
Jeremy Domo of Davao del Norte province told Bohol Island News that he and his co-workers felt the quake while at the banana packing plant.
He said the water swayed out of wash tubs at a banana packing plant he is working for located in Carmen, Davao Del Norte at around 7 p.m. following a strong earthquake on Wednesday.
A portion of Gaisano Mall in General Santos City reportedly caught fire after the quake.
Classes are suspended tomorrow, October 17, 2019 , in order to conduct proper assessment on the extent of damages in their respective areas.