Published On: Sun, Nov 3rd, 2013

Strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits Sultan Kudarat province, Philippines

A strong earthquake struck the southern Mindanao province of Sultan Kudarat  on Sunday evening, registering at 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Sultan Kudarat earthquake map Image/Phivolcs

Sultan Kudarat earthquake map

The quake occurred at 7:04 pm Philippines time about 195 kilometers southwest of the municipality of Palimbang. The tremor, which was tectonic in origin, has a depth of 556 km.

Phivolcs notes that because of the depth of the earthquake, it is very unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

It was felt at Intensity III in Malita, Davao del Sur, and at intensity II in Davao City.  Intensity III means many people inside their homes or buildings will feel the shaking and hanging objects can be seen swinging, but people outside may not feel the movement. Intensity II means a few people at rest or on the upper floors of tall buildings will feel the shaking.

The US Geological Survey gave a slightly lower magnitude of 5.8.

This is the strongest quake recorded in the Philippines since the major 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol on Oct. 15.

Phivolcs said no damage was expected from the quake but aftershocks were anticipated.

According to the Richter magnitude scale, an earthquake that registers at 6.0-6.9 is considered strong. It can be destructive in areas up to about 160 kilometers (99 mi) across in populated areas. There are only approximately 130 earthquakes of this magnitude seen annually across the globe.

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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