A 6.7-magnitude earthquake hits the southern Philippines; No damage reported
The United States Geological Survey has documented a seismic incident that occurred off the southern coast of the Philippines and had a magnitude of 6.7.
Thankfully, local authorities reported that the earthquake did not result in any fatalities or property damage.
Details of the Quake
According to the USGS, the earthquake happened at a depth of 70 kilometers, about 100 kilometers southeast of Sarangani municipality off Mindanao island. Neither the United States Tsunami Warning System nor the seismological agency in the Philippines issued a tsunami notice, despite the fact that it was quite large.
Local Response and Impact
Chief Master Sergeant Ian Roy Balandan from the Sarangani provincial police office expressed gratitude that the earthquake's impact was not severe in their province. Reports from the region confirmed the absence of casualties or damage to infrastructure and houses. Balandan described the earthquake as "really mild," and many people in the affected areas barely felt its effects.
Local Official's Statement:
Harly Sauro, a disaster official in Sarangani municipality, mentioned that the quake did not cause any harm or casualties. However, it did manage to disturb the sleep of some residents. The overall sentiment from local authorities was relief that the earthquake's impact was minimal.
Philippines' Seismic Activity
The Philippines is situated along the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for intense seismic and volcanic activity. Earthquakes are relatively common in the region, though many are of low intensity and go unnoticed by the population.
Comparison to the Previous Event
The most recent earthquake was much less powerful than the 7.6-magnitude tremor that hit off Mindanao last month, which caused a temporary tsunami warning and killed at least three people.
The recent earthquake off the southern Philippines serves as a reminder of the region's susceptibility to seismic activity. Fortunately, effective early warning systems and the mild nature of the quake contributed to the absence of casualties and damages.