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Published On: Mon, Jul 30th, 2012

A duo of quakes jolt Davao area

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Two earthquakes shook the Davao region in the southern Philippines Sunday morning according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The first quake, a moderate 5.0- magnitude tremor hit 27 km east of Cateel, Davao Oriental at 11:04 am. The quake, which was tectonic in origin, was felt at Intensity IV at Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Aftershocks are expected, the institute said, but no damage is expected.

Just 20 minutes later, a 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit just south of the first quake off the coast of Davao del Sur. The milder quake was also tectonic in origin. It was felt at Intensity 1 in General Santos City. No damage or aftershocks are expected, Phivolcs added.

The Philippines lies within the Pacific Ring of Fire, which causes the country to have frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Much larger numbers of earthquakes of smaller magnitude occur very regularly due to the meeting of major tectonic plates in the region.

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