Strong early morning earthquake jolts Mindanao

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CRACKED OPEN. A photo taken by Maeshel Halina and shared by Joanne Tagros shows a damaged road in Kalilangan, Bukidnon, after the magnitude 6.0 earthquake in the area on April 12, 2017. Photo courtesy of Maeshel Halina/Joanne Tagros through Bobby Lagsa

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake caused property damage and power outages in Lanao del Sur, the provincial government says

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 12, 2017) — A strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked Mindanao early Wednesday morning, April 12, with the tremor being felt across the island.

The quake struck at 5:21 am local time, with its epicenter located around 6 kilometers southwest of Wao, Lanao del Sur, at a depth of 1 kilometer, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in its latest bulletin. It is of tectonic origin.

It was originally reported as magnitude 5.5 and centered near Kalilangan, Bukidnon by Phivolcs, but was revised up a few minutes later.

The quake was felt in these areas, according to Phivolcs:

  • Intensity VII – Wao, Lanao del Sur; Kalilangan, Bukidnon
  • Intensity IV – Cagayan de Oro City; Cotabato City; Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental; Matalam, North Cotabato; Davao City
  • Intensity III – Kabacan, North Cotabato; Maramag, Quezon, Don Carlos, Bukidnon; Lebak, Sultan Kudarat
  • Intensity II – Kidapawan City; Koronadal City
  • Intensity I – Camiguin, Misamis Oriental

The US Geological Survey measured the quake to be magnitude 5.6.

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EPICENTER. The earthquake measured magnitude 6.0, Phivolcs says. Map from Phivolcs

The quake caused damage to property and power outages in Lanao del Sur, according to Jennie Tamano, the province’s information officer.

There was a crack on the highway in Barangay Panang in Wao, which was “4 inches wide with a depth of 1 foot,” she said.

“Four barangays were affected, with 30 houses damaged,” Tamano added.

Two mosques were also damaged in Panang, while patients in the upper floor of a still-unnamed hospital were evacuated.

The provincial government is getting “piecemeal information” from the ground, but so far, there are no reports of casualties.

An assessment of the affected areas is ongoing as of posting time. Lanao del Sur Governor Bedjoria Soraya Alonto Adiong will check the area personally today “to see if there is a need to provide relief goods for the affected,” she said.

The area should brace for aftershocks, Phivolcs warned in its bulletin.


 with reports from Bobby Lagsa, KD Suarez | Rappler.com