3 mild quakes jolt Davao Occidental

By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – Three mild earthquakes shook Davao Occidental province at dawn today,June 26, 2018, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.


In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the first earthquake with a magnitude of 2.2 occurred at12:35 a.m.

The epicenter was traced 14 kilometers (km) southwest of Malita municipality in Davao Occidental.

The quake, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 77 km, Phivolcs said.

The second tremor with a magnitude 2.5 came at around 12:58 a.m. The epicenter was plotted at 97 km southeast of Sarangani of that same province.

The tremor was also tectonic in origin and had a depth of 159, Phivolcs said.

The latest 3.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 1:17 a.m., also on the same day (June 26). The epicenter was located 99 km southeast of Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental province, with a depth of 16 km.

In its bulletin, the state agency reported that there were no casualties or damages, and there are no expected aftershocks.

The Philippines lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where 20 to 25 earthquakes per day, mostly imperceptible are common.