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Close to 1,000 aftershocks rock Mindanao after 6.9 quake

EPICENTER of the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit Mindanao.

 

 

EPICENTER of the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit Mindanao.
EPICENTER of the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit Mindanao.

Close to 1,000 aftershocks were so far recorded, following the powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked parts of Mindanao on December 15.

According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) science research assistant Gail Rivera, 957 aftershocks ranging between 1.4-magnitude and 5.2-magnitude were recorded as of 5 a.m., Monday.

Of these aftershocks, Rivera said 130 were plotted close to the epicenter of the 6.9-magnitude earthquake in the municipality of Matanao, Davao del Sur. At least 41 tremors were felt.

The strongest aftershock with a magnitude of 5.2 was documented at around 3:09 p.m. last Sunday.

The Tangbulan Fault may have caused the earthquake, Rivera pointed out.

The 6.9-magnitude shallow quake was the fifth one above magnitude 6 that rocked Mindanao in the past two months. Strong earthquakes occurred in Cotabato and nearby provinces on October 16 (6.3-magnitude), October 29 (6.6 and 6.1-magnitude), and October 31 (6.5-magnitude).

Although it is below magnitude 6, a moderate earthquake of magnitude 5.9 also shook the province of Bukidnon last November 18. (Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz)

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Written by Tempo Desk

Tempo Page 1 Monday, December 16, 2019

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