Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes off Davao del Sur

Subscribe Now August 27, 2012 at 08:19am

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off Davao del Sur late Sunday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Phivolcs said the earthquake occurred at 11:05 p.m. Its epicenter was located 544 kilometers southeast of Sarangani town.

The following intensities were felt:

Intensity IV - Davao City
Intensity II - Tupi, South Cotabato; Koronadal City

The earthquake was tectonic in origin. It had a depth of 70 kilometers.

Phivolcs said no aftershocks are expected from the earthquake. No damage was reported.

Indonesia quake

A United States Geological Survey also measured the quake at 6.4-magnitude, revising a preliminary reading of 6.8.

The quake struck in the Moluccas Sea, 169 kilometers (105 miles) northwest of the city of Ternate at around 11:05 pm (1505 GMT) at a depth of 69 kilometers. No tsunami warning was issued.

"So far we have not received any information about what has happened, but there is no tsunami warning," Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency technical chief Suharjono, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.

Sukarjan, an official of the country's disaster management agency in Ternate, one of the Moluccas islands, said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

"People were sleeping and they ran out of their homes when the ground began to shake. It lasted for 20 seconds, but so far we have no reports of casualties or damage," he told AFP.

The USGS initially reported the magnitude at 6.8, but later downgraded the intensity.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.


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