6.4 quake rocks Davao Occidental

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    A MAGNITUDE 6.4 earthquake rocked Davao Occidental yesterday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported, adding there were no reports of casualties.

    Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said casualties and damage are not expected because the quake’s epicenter was far offshore.

    The tremor was felt around 10:02 a.m. with the epicenter located 130 km southeast of Jose Abad Santos town.

    The tremor, tectonic in origin, had a depth of 60 km. A number of aftershocks have been recorded, which authorities expected, as of yesterday afternoon.

    Phivolcs said Kiamba and Alabel in Sarangani; General Santos City; and Tupi in South Cotabato felt the shaking at intensity four.

    Gingoog City and Kidapawan City felt the shaking at intensity three while Bislig City and Cagayan de Oro City felt it at intensity one.

    “We are not expecting injuries because the (highest intensity) is only four. We are not also expecting damage with that intensity,” said Solidum, adding such quakes are not likely to generate tsunami.