15 houses and more than 3 dozen establishments in Makilala, North Coatabato, were wrecked as an earthquake hit around 1pm, September 20, 2014. Prior to this, a series of earthquake had been felt in Central Mindanao.

According to Philvocs, the earthquake with the magnitude 5 did not cause other casualties in outside the town. There had been 38 aftershocks that has been recorded. The town is is right beside the epicenter of the first earthquake which struck at around 6 am yesterday just 6 km away.The establishments, including a chapel, sustained damage while one was reportedly hurt after his house’s debris fell over him.

Earthquake Magnitude 5 Hits Central Mindanao on September 20

As reported by North Cotabato Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council officer, Cynthia Ortega, said that the strongest jolt happened right at the time of the 62nd anniversary celebration of the town. People stopped at their tracks as they felt the tremors. Meanwhile , Phivolcs chief volcanologist in the region, Hermes Daquipa, said that they had reports that some houses were also damaged in Kidapawan City. Even students were sent home after the shaking stopped.

The said quake was due to tectonic movements with a depth of around 1 kilometer. At around 6:05am Columbio in Sultan Kudarat was waken up with a shake, followed by another one just 6 kilometers away from the first. 38 more succeeding earthquakes were recorded in towns though they were not as strong as the one in Makilala.

The areas in Central Mindanao, namely Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, North and South Cotabato all lie in between 2 local fault lines. One of the most devastating earthquake was recorded in 1976 that triggered a tsunami in Moro Gulf and killed almost 8,000 people.

According to the Renato Solidum,  Philvocs Director, areas near the Sulu trench could possibly have an earthquake with a magnitude 8. Reference: inquirer

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