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Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Strikes Off Sarangani

Damage and aftershocks expected.
Dec 16, 2020

A Magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck off Sarangani province early Wednesday, Phivolcs said, adding aftershocks and damage were possible. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The quake happened around 7:34 a.m., with the epicenter located east of Alabel, Sarangani, Phivolcs said.

Intensity V (strong) was recorded in General Santos City, South Cotabato while Intensity IV (moderately strong) was felt in Kiamba, Alabel, Maasim, Glan, Malungon and Malapatan Saranggani; Lebak, Sultan Kudarat; Datu Blah Sinsuat, Maguindanao; Koronadal City,
Polomolok, Tampakan and Tupi, South Cotabato.

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Intensity III (weak) was recorded in Maitum, Sarangani; Cotabato City, Maguindanao; Davao City; Kidapawan City, North Cotabato; Tantangan and Santo Nino, South Cotabato;
Intensity II (slightly felt) in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat; Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat; Magpet, North Cotabato; and Intensity I (scarcely perceptible) in Zamboanga City.

Remember that magnitude refers to the strength of the earthquake itself while intensity measures how much it is felt in different locations.

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