Very strong M6.9 earthquake, series of aftershocks hit Mindanao, Philippines
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by PHIVOLCS as M6.9 hit Mindanao, Philippines at 06:11 UTC (14:11 LT) on December 15, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 3 km (1.8 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 22.4 km (13.9 miles); EMSC M6.8 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). More than 25 moderate to strong aftershocks were registered by 09:00 UTC. At least 4 people have been killed.
The epicenter was located 6.6 km (4.1 miles) S of Magsaysay (population 16 592), 9.1 km (5.7 miles) SSW of Bansalan (population 21 391), 18.3 km (11.4 miles) W of Guihing (population 12 466), 18.8 km (11.7 miles) WNW of Padada (population 11 439) and 44.1 km (27.4 miles) ENE of Korondal (population 125 502).
There are 7 779 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
365 000 are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 4 087 000 strong, 4 882 000 moderate, and 10 309 000 light.
Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake, PTWC said.
The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake-resistant construction. The predominant vulnerable building types are reinforced concrete and unknown/miscellaneous types of construction.
Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.
Liquefaction triggered by this earthquake is estimated to be significant in severity and (or) spatial extent. The number of people living near areas that could have produced liquefaction in this earthquake is extensive.
Little or no landsliding is expected, but some landslides could have occurred in highly susceptible areas. The number of people living near areas that could have produced landslides in this earthquake is low, but landslide damage or fatalities are still possible in highly susceptible areas.
According to Anthony Allada, public information officer of Magsaysay Town, Davao del Sur, 14 people were injured but none seriously.
Roads and buildings, including the local government office, were damaged and power was out in the town.
At least 3 people have been killed after a three-story supermarket collapsed in Padada town, Davao Del Sur. An unknown number of people were believed to be trapped under the rubble.
A six-year-old girl was killed in nearby Matanao town after she was hit by a falling concrete wall.
This region was shaken by four powerful quakes in October and November, which together killed at least 20 people.
Philippines hunts for survivors after earthquake levels buildinghttps://t.co/eowyKp1m33— One News Page (@One_News_Page) 16 december 2019
At least three people were killed in the 6.9 magnitude earthquake, the fifth to hit the country's south since October. #Philippines #Earthquake #EarthquakePH
A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake has shaken Davao del Sur and other neighboring provinces on Sunday afternoon, leaving a child dead and 18 people injured. #LindolPH #EarthquakePH #PrayForMindanaohttps://t.co/NGvSPquk4G— Vuuzle.TV Philippines (@VuuzleTVPh) 16 december 2019
This is so heartbreaking days to go before Christmas and this happened again. Lord, pls we've gone so much since October, let this be the last one ????????— Izzy ???????? (@chaeizzy) 16 december 2019
This so heartbreaking. 9 days before Christmas and this happened. Please Lord let it be the last earthquake in Mindanao. KEEP SAFE EVERYONE. #LindolPH #lindol #linog #EarthquakePH— DEPRESSING TRUTHS (@dpressingtruths) 15 december 2019
LOOK: Several infrastructures in Padada, Davao del Sur sustained heavy damage following the massive earthquake that hit the area on Sunday. #EarthquakePH | ????: Leighton Angcan pic.twitter.com/fxkmcJVMuB— Daily Tribune (@tribunephl) 15 december 2019