Davao City suspends classes for Monday due to magnitude 6.9 earthquake

UNTV News   •   December 15, 2019   •   560

Classes in all levels in Davao City, from private and public educational institutions, playschool to post-graduate studies, including technical and vocation courses has been suspended for Monday (December 16) by Acting Mayor Sebastian Duterte following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit several areas in Mindanao on Sunday, December 15.

The temblor, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, struck at 2:11 p.m. and was traced 9 kilometers northwest of Matanao town, Davao del Sur. It was tectonic in origin with a depth of 3 kilometers.

The suspension will allow authorities to conduct adequate inspection on structures/buildings for structural damages.

Resumption of classes on Tuesday, December 17, shall be on a case to case basis, depending on the assessment of the authorities.

Fault system in S. Mindanao possibly to generate higher than M6 earthquake —PHIVOLCS

Marje Pelayo   •   December 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Mindanao region has been experiencing strong ground shaking in the past months.

The most recent was a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Sunday (December 15) which according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) was caused by the Tangbulan fault, a 69.2 kilometer stretch that traverses Davao del Sur to Davao Oriental.

According to PHIVOLCS OIC and S&T Undersecretary Renato Solidum, these movements can cause other faults in the region to move as well.

From 1908 to 1970, around five incidents of ground shaking with intensities no stronger than 5 to 8 were experienced across the Davao Region.

The agency noted Southern Mindanao as among the places in the country that sit on multiple fault systems.

The Tangbulan fault alone, the agency explained, can generate up to magnitude 7.2 earthquake.

Towards the east of Tangbulan fault is the Digos fault which can produce up to magnitude 6.3 tremor.

Towards the west is the Makilala-Malungon fault which can generate up to magnitude 7.2 earthquake and is connected to the Cotabato Fault system.

Near the Cotabato fault system lies other faults including the Makilala Fault, Balabag Fault, Matalam Fault, M’lang Fault, North Columbio Fault and the South Columbio Fault.

These faults also can cause ground shaking even stronger than magnitude 6.

The earthquake in October this year, PHIVOLCS noted, was caused by the Cotabato Fault System.

The agency is now closely monitoring the movements of these faults especially those which have been active in the past 10 years.

“Overall sa Mindanao, itong Cotabato-Davao del Sur area ay isa sa rehiyon na walang masyadong malakas na earthquake (Overall in Mindanao, this Cotabato-Davao del Sur stretch is one area in the region that produces small earthquakes),” Solidum said.

“Ibig sabihin may fault, naiipon ang energy, and at some point magbibigay ito, ipapakawala niya ang energy kung kumilos ang fault. So mga strong to major earthquakes ang kaya niya (This means, these faults are generating energy and at some point, it will eventually release this energy when the fault moves. That time, they can produce strong to major earthquakes),” the official added.

Aside from structural damages, PHIVOLCS also warns of possible landslide due to aftershocks or strong rains in mountainous areas where cracks are already visible because of the previous ground shaking. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Search for survivors continues in Padada, Davao del Sur

Marje Pelayo   •   December 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Rescue units are having a hard time getting inside the rubble of the collapsed South Green Marketing Building in the hope of pulling out survivors believed to be trapped after the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck on Sunday (December 15).

Rescuers also fear for their lives because aside from narrow passages, frequent aftershocks increase the risk of the operation.

On Monday night, rescuers hurried away from the site when a strong shaking disrupted their work.

It was around 10:00 p.m. when the third body was recovered from the rubble.

The victim was identified as Emily Galyegos Beloy, 31 years old.

According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) the victim was able to send messages to her co-workers early Monday before she died.

As of press time, a total of four fatalities have been confirmed, all from Davao del Sur.

Three were from a collapsed building while the fourth one was a six year old girl who was trapped inside their home in Matanao, Davao del Sur.

Authorities are still looking for six others missing who are believed to have been trapped under the collapsed building.

The earthquake caused massive damage in the town of Padada that’s why the state of calamity remains in effect.

The local government unit has called for support for the affected residents.

“Kung pwede sana makabigay sila ng tent aa amin, pangalawa yung portalet, (If possible, please donate tents and portalets),” said Mayor Pedro Caminero Jr. of Padada, Davao del Sur.

The LGU has not designated any location for an evacuation center since the situation remains risky of aftershocks.

Most residents are staying outside of their collapsed homes and so they are asking for temporary shelters such as tents from the local government. – MNP (with details from Marisol Montaño)

2 dead, 31 injured in Mindanao quake — NDRRMC

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported two deaths and 31 others injured following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Davao del Sur on Sunday (December 15).

According to the NDRRMC, the casualties were reported in Davao del Sur.

Meanwhile, a total of 31 public structures have been damaged in Davao del Sur and Cotabato Province.

Two were totally damaged – the Magsaysay Municipal hall and the Malandang Public Market in the town of Malandang.

Meanwhile, the following 11 structures sustained partial damage:

Davao del Sur

  1. Padada Municipal Police Station and Municipal Hall;
  2. Barangay hall in Poblacion in the town of Matanao;
  3. Kiblawan Municipal Police Station in the town of Kiblawan;
  4. Hagonoy Municipal hall;
  5. Sangguniang Kabataan Building, Hagonoy;
  6. Sinayawan Barangay Gymnasium, Hagonoy;
  7. Viacrusis Hospital in the town of Bansalan;
  8. Sangguniang Panlalawigan Building and ICT Building in Digos City;
  9. Davao Doctors Hospital in Davao City

Cotabato province

  1. PAMANA project multipurpose hall in the town of M’lang
  2. Mini-gymnasium in the town of Malandang

Three schools were partially damaged in Davao del Sur namely Maria Cleta National High School; Nadilla Elementary School and Hagonoy National Highschool.

According to the report, a total of 315 houses were partially damaged in Hagonoy, Daval sel Sur alone due to the earthquake.

Power lines where already restored in most of the affected municipalities, according to the NDRRMC.

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