5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Mindanao (December 10, 2012)

A strong earthquake has struck in some parts of Mindanao on Monday, December 10, 2012. The United States Geological Survey said the quake was measured at 5.6 Magnitude.

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The quake, which has a depth of 56 kilometers (34.8 miles), occured at around 5:48 AM nine kilometers East of Talisay or 26km (16mi) South of Mati City, Davao Oriental in the Philippines, the USGS said.

The areas closest to the epicenter include Lupon, Davao Oriental (South East, 27km) and Pantukan, Compostela Valley (South East, 56km).

Meanwhile, PHIVOLCS measured the quake, which was Tectonic in origin, at 5.8 magnitude and the epicenter was 65 km South of Malita, Davao del Sur.

Here are the intensity levels in the affected areas, according to PHIVOLCS:
  • Intensity IV - Mati, Davao Oriental; San Isidro, Davao Oriental
  • Intensity III - General Santos City; Digos City, Manay, Davao Oriental; Tagum, Davao Oriental; Padada, Davao del Sur
  • Intensity II - Koronadal, South Cotabato; Matalam, North Cotabato
Aftershocks are expected to occur but there is no tsunami alert, PHIVOLCS added. No damage to life and property has been reported so far.

Update: A strong aftershock occured at 8:18 AM.

Screenshot: USGS