Magnitude 6.4 quake hits Cotabato City

Magnitude 6.4 quake hits Cotabato City

MANILA – A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Cotabato City, Maguindanao early Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

The tectonic quake’s epicenter was recorded at 1:08 a.m. 13 kilometers northwest of Cotabato City, home to more than 300,000 people.

It had a depth of 543 kilometers.

Intensity II was logged in Alabel and Malungon, Sarangani, and instrumental Intensity I was recorded in Tupi, General Santos City, Koronadal City, South Cotabato; and Kiamba, Sarangani.

“It was quick, about five seconds, and was preceded by a grumbling sound from underneath,” said Felizardo Batugas, a Cotabato City resident.

At 9:37 p.m. Saturday, a magnitude 2.5 quake was recorded by Phivolcs and its epicenter was traced about 12 kilometers east of Cotabato City.

Engr. Rainier Amilbahar, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology office chief in Cotabato City, said there were no reported casualties or damages to properties so far in the two tremors. Ma. Cristina Arayata and Edwin Fernandez /PNA – northboundasia.com