By Bohol Island News Staff | 05:43 PM December 15, 2019

A powerful 6.9 earthquake rocked Padada, Davao del Sur on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The temblor, tectonic in origin, was recorded at 2:11 p.m. with its epicenter traced to 9 kilometers west of Matanao town, and with a depth of 3 kilometers.

Intensity VII was felt Matanao and Magsaysay in Davao del Sur.

Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan in Davao del Sur; Alabel and Malapatan in Sarangani; and Koronadal City excperienced Intensity VI.

Intensity V was felt in Tulunan and Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan in Sarangani, while Intensity III was experienced in Kalilangan, Talakag, and Dangcagan in Bukidnon.

The town of Impasug-ong in Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Dipolog City felt Intensity II.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga del Sur felt Intensity 1.

GMA News Online reported that South Cotabato Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) head Rolly Aquino said some residents suffered mild injuries and had hyperventilated due to the earthquake.

Since October this year, Mindanao has been jolted by strong quakes, one after another, with victims hardly recovering from shock and displacement when another one strikes again.

A magnitude-6.5 earthquake rocked parts of Mindanao on October 31, following a bigger one occurring on October 29 at magnitude 6.6, which followed the one on October 16 with 6.3 magnitude.

As of November 3, the combined death toll from the earthquakes was at 22, according to the latest update from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

By Bohol Island News

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