EARTHQUAKE TODAY: 6.0 Magnitude Quake Rocks Davao Occidental (September 26, 2023)

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Davao Occidental

DAVAO OCCIDENTAL EARTHQUAKE – A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rattled Balut Island in the Municipality of Sarangani, Davao Occidental on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 09:39 a.m., according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

The Philippines, located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, experiences frequent seismic activity due to the convergence of tectonic plates around the Pacific Ocean. This geological phenomenon, driven by the movement of the Philippine Sea Plate and Eurasian Plate, results in regular earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the region.

These earthquakes vary in magnitude and can cause significant damage to infrastructure, presenting an ongoing challenge for disaster preparedness and response in the Philippines. Consequently, the country has made substantial investments in earthquake monitoring and early warning systems to reduce the risks associated with the geological forces in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Earlier today, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked Davao Occidental. According to the latest earthquake bulletin the quake had a tectonic origin and occurred at a depth of 122 kilometers. As of press time, no immediate damage has been reported, but aftershocks are expected.

In the recent seismic activity report, the following intensity levels were recorded:

  • Intensity IV was observed in Glan, Sarangani.
  • Intensity I was reported in the City of General Santos, South Cotabato.

Instrumental intensities were also noted as follows:

  • Intensity III in Malungon, Sarangani.
  • Intensity II in Alabel, Sarangani, and Koronadal, South Cotabato.
  • Intensity I in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro, Jose Abad Santos, Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental, the City of General Santos, the City of Kidapawan, Tampakan, and Polomolok, South Cotabato, as well as in Malapatan and Kiamba, Sarangani.

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