Magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks Davao Oriental (Dec. 29, 2018)

Magnitude 7.1 quake (7.2 from USGS) rocks Davao Oriental (Dec. 29, 2018)

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake (7.2 from USGS) struck Davao Oriental on Saturday morning, Dec. 29, 2018, PHIVOLCS said.

The tectonic quake, earlier reported to be a magnitude 7.2, struck at 11:39 a.m. and has a depth of 49 kilometers.

Its epicenter was located 162 km southeast of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental.

Phivolcs said Intensity IV was felt in General Santos City, Intensity III in Kidapawan and Intensity II in the Surigao area.

Based on Tsunami Information No. 1 issued on December 29, 2018 at 12:26 p.m., minor sea level disturbances such as strong currents and rapid rise and fall of seawaters are expected. The concerned public is advised to be on alert for unusual waves.

PHIVOLCS added based on tsunami wave models and early tide gauge records of the tsunami in the Philippine Sea, coastal areas in Philippine provinces fronting the Philippine Sea are expected to experience wave heights of less than one meter above the normal tide levels. The first tsunami waves will arrive between 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM, December 29, 2018 (PST) and may not be the largest. These waves may continue for hours.

People are advised to STAY AWAY FROM THE BEACH AND NOT TO GO TO THE COAST fronting Philippine Sea of the following provinces during this 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM, and until the threat has passed:

  • Compostela Valley
  • Davao Del Norte
  • Davao Del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao City
  • Sarangani
  • South Cotabato
  • Agusan Del Norte
  • Agusan Del Sur
  • Surigao Del Norte
  • Surigao Del Sur

People whose houses are located very near the shoreline of these provinces are advised to MOVE FARTHER INLAND. Owners of boats in harbors, estuaries or shallow coastal water of the abovementioned provinces should secure their boats and move away from the water front. Boats already at sea during this period 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM should stay offshore in deep waters until further advised.