Magnitude 6.2 quake jolts Davao Occidental

Robie de Guzman   •   December 16, 2020   •   290

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rattled parts of Davao Occidental on Wednesday, the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the quake occurred around 7:21 a.m. Its epicenter was recorded 86 kilometers southeast of Sarangani in Davao Occidental.

The quake had a depth of 16 kilometers and was tectonic in origin, the agency said.

The temblor at different intensities was felt in the following areas:

  • Intensity V – General Santos City, South Cotabato
  • Intensity IV – Kiamba, Alabel, Maasim, Glan, Malungon and Malapatan Saranggani; Lebak, Sultan Kudarat; Datu Blah Sinsuat, Maguindanao; Koronadal City, Polomolok, Tampakan and Tupi, South Cotabato
  • Intensity III – Maitum, Sarangani; Cotabato City, Maguindanao; Davao City; Kidapawan City, North Cotabato; Tantangan and Santo Nino, South Cotabato;
  • Intensity II – Columbio, Sultan Kudarat; Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat; Magpet, North Cotabato
  • Intensity I – Zamboanga City

The following instrumental Intensities were also reported:

  • Intensity V – Gen. Santos City, South Cotabato
  • Intensity IV – Kiamba, Saranggani; Tupi, South Cotabato; Koronadal City, South Cotabato
  • Intensity III – Kidapawan City, North Cotabato; Alabel, Saranggani; Kidapawan City, North Cotabato

Phivolcs said damages and aftershocks are expected following the tremor.

Magnitude 5.2 quake rattles parts of Davao Occidental

Robie de Guzman   •   December 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocked Davao Occidental on Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported.

In its bulletin, PHIVOLCS said the temblor occurred at 10 a.m., 89 kilometers southeast of Sarangani town in Davao Occidental.

It was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 65 kilometers.

Instrumental Intensity II was felt at Alabel, Sarangani and Instrumental Intensity I was felt at Kiamba, Sarangani; Koronadal City; General Santos City.

PHIVOLCS said it is not expecting damage nor aftershocks due to the quake.

The state seismologists earlier reported a magnitude 6.3 quake that struck off Calatagan, Batangas at 7:43 a.m. Friday.

Magnitude 5.4 quake rattles Davao Occidental

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude 5.4 earthquake rattled parts of Davao Occidental on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the epicenter of the quake that struck around 5:54 p.m. was traced 35 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental.

It had a depth of 190 kilometers and tectonic in origin.

The tremor was felt at intensity III in General Santos City, Tupi and Polomolok in South Cotabato, and Alabel, Saranggani; intensity II in Maasin and Malapatan, Sarangani, and Davao City, while intensity I was felt in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

Phivolcs said there was no reported damage but aftershocks should be expected.

DA to probe how ASF reached Davao Occidental

Maris Federez   •   February 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to conduct an investigation that will trace how the African Swine Fever (ASF) reached the province of Davao Occidental.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that Davao Occidental is an isolated location and it seemed very unlikely that the deadly swine disease could reach the province.

“If you know Davao Occidental, it’s such in an isolated coastal area. You cannot understand why the virus proceeded there […] So the theories are being investigated,” Dar said.

From the swine population of 13,000 in the town of Don Marcelino, 1,000 have either died or were slaughtered due to the disease.

Dar said the provincial government will buy the rest of the swine that are not yet affected by the virus to prevent it from spreading further.

Aside from Don Marcelino, the DA is also monitoring the nearby town of Malita.

“Kung hindi maganda ang pagka depopulate, the chances of the virus escaping from that ground zero to new outbreak areas within Don Marcelino will be there,” the DA chief said.

According to the DA, around 200,000 pigs had either died or had been killed due to the spread of the ASF in Luzon.

The DA admitted that the ASF was not completely stopped and this is because of pork smuggling, procurement of infected pigs by traders, and failure to report about infected pigs to authorities.

Ang Pilipino masyadong smart. Mag-declare ng iba’t-ibang product hindi naman pala tomato paste or vermicelli. That’s the trend, it continues up until today. Nasa loob-looban yung karneng baboy, pork products and the like,” Dar said.

To assist hog-raisers in Don Marcelino which is now placed under a state of calamity, the DA said it will pay up to P5,000 per pig within the 1-kilometer radius from the area where the ASF was discovered.

A loan of P30,000 per hog raiser is also available to help them recover from their loss. —(from the report of Rey Pelayo) /mbmf

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