December 15, 2019 – Four people were killed and about a dozen were injured when a powerful earthquake shook Davao Del Sur on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.
Christmas shoppers panicked and rushed out from malls when a magnitude 6.9 quake of tectonic rattled Matanao town at about 2:11 pm. The depth was estimated at 30 kms.
Disaster officials said a three-storey shopping center in Padada collapsed, trapping undetermined number of people.
Fire officer Samuel Tadeo said three people died and eight were wounded. Four others were wounded elsewhere.
A child was also killed when a wall collapsed.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the president and his family are safe. “They are unhurt,” Panelo said in a statement.
“The president was in his house in Davao City with his daughter Kitty when the earthquake struck. The First Lady Honeylet Avanceña was on her way home when the ground rumbled and trembled. She said the car she was riding was swaying. “He made assurances “all concerned agencies of the government have been mobilized to respond to the present conditions and provide immediate assistance to those in need.
“We likewise ask the public to refrain from spreading disinformation that may cause undue alarm and panic among affected communities”
A series of quakes had hit Cotabato region in October, killing about 30 people amd displacing thousands who remained in shelter areas.
The tremor was also felt in nearby areas and neighboring provinces:
Intensity VII – Matanao & Magsaysay, Davao del Sur
Intensity VI – Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan, Davao del Sur; Alabel & Malapatan,
Sarangani; Koronadal City
Intensity V – Tulunan & Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan, Sarangani
Intensity III – Kalilangan, Talakag & Dangcagan, Bukidnon
Intensity II – Impasugong, Bukidnon; Cagayan de Oro City; Dipolog City
Intensity I – Zamboanga del Sur
Intensity VIII – Malungon, Sarangani
Intensity VI – Alabel, Sarangani; Kidapawan City
Intensity V – General Santos City; Koronadal City; Tupi, South Cotabato
Intensity III – Gingoog City
Intensity II – Zamboanga City; Kiamba, Sarangani
The Philippines experiences constant earthquakes but most of them are too weak to be felt.
More than 3,000 died in a destructive quake in Luzon in July 1990.