5.5 quake-weary Mindanao attacks on Undas

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Magnitude-5.50 quake shook Sarangani Province in Mindanao Friday morning, a day after a strong quake left five people dead and destroyed buildings in Cotabato Province and Davao City.

In its advisory, PHIVOLCS said the quake occurred at 10:33 a.m. It had a range of 33 kilometers. It was of tectonic origin.

Rommel Grutas, Senior Science Research Specialist at PHIVOLCS, said the earthquake was located 334 kilometers southeast of Sarangani, Davao Occidental.

Later in a television interview, the head of PHIVOLS, Renator Solidum, ruled out any tsunamis due to the earthquake.

Recent quakes Friday morning’s earthquake took place on All Saints ‘ Day when, according to tradition, many Filipinos went to the cemeteries to visit their loved ones who had left.

The island of Mindanao was struck by three major earthquakes in October, two of which occurred on Tuesday and Thursday.

The number of people who died in the magnitude of 6.6 and 6.5 earthquakes that hit parts of Mindanao on Tuesday and Thursday was 16, according to information from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday.

In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC reported that of the 16 fatalities, three were from Region XI, while the remaining 13 were from Region XII.

The Philippines is experiencing frequent tremors as part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of extreme seismic activity that stretches from Japan to South East Asia and across the Pacific basin.

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