Magnitude-7.3 quake recorded southeast of Mindanao

DAVAO CITY – A magnitude-7.3 earthquake was recorded southeast of Mindanao on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) traced the epicenter of the 2:06 p.m. quake at 352 kilometers southeast of Sarangani, Davao Occidental (02.69 North, 127.05 East).

It was tectonic in origin with an estimated depth of 64 kilometers and was felt at Intensity II in Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental; Nabunturan, Davao de Oro; Glan and Kiamba, Sarangani; and General Santos City, Tupi, Santo Niño, Koronadal City, and T'Boli in South Cotabato.

The tremor was Intensity I in Kidapawan City, Cotabato; Maitum and Maasim, Sarangani; Tantangan, Lake Sebu, Tampakan, Suralla, and Norala, South Cotabato; and Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Phivolcs warned the people that damage and aftershocks are expected and the quake posed no tsunami threat to the country.