The past month of October has been a time of consternation for many parts of Mindanao, as the province of Cotabato and many surrounding areas found itself at the mercy of Mother Nature’s mean side. October 16 saw a magnitude 6.3 tremor originating not far from Tulunan, causing property damage, landslides and casualties. Even relatively far areas like Davao and GenSan reported visible structural damage; the latter saw its Gaisano Mall being partially gutted by a fire that broke out. Two more earthquakes followed just as last month drew to a close. And after a lull of several weeks, the ground shook again Monday evening.
CNN Philippines reports that another earthquake visited the main Philippine island of Mindanao at night on November 18. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) determined that the tremors began on 9:22 PM, with the epicenter being at the municipality of Kadingilan in Bukidnon, a different locale from where the previous earthquakes of October occurred. A disaster management official of the locale noted that the quake caused three persons to be slightly injured in Kadingilan, while property damage was spotted on several government office buildings and a local hotel.
According to Kadingilan Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office spokesperson Sheen Romo, three residents sustained minor wounds during the Monday evening quake, which was measured at magnitude 5.9 or Intensity V, which is weaker than the average for the Cotabato quakes last month. The municipality’s LDRRMO is performing a Damage and Needs Analysis (DANA) action over to the following day to determine how much damage the tremors inflicted. To facilitate this examination, Kadingilian announced the suspension of classes in all levels, both public and private, for this Tuesday, November 19.
In addition to Kadingilan itself, the November 18 earthquake was also reckoned at Intensity V elsewhere in Bukidnon, fellow municipalities Damulog, Kalilangan, Talakag and Valencia City, plus Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. Intensity IV was recorded in Bukidon’s Impasugong and Sarangani’s Malungon, along with the major Mindanao cities of Cotabato, Davao, Koronadal, Kidapawan and Cagayan de Oro. Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental; Tupi, South Cotabato; and Alabel in Sarangani all felt Intensity III. Lastly, Intensity II was reported in GenSan City, Kiamba in Sarangani, and Mambajao in Camiguin. The epicenter of the quake was 8 km due northwest of Kandingilan, and 5 km in depth. It has become the latest incident in a very active – seismological-speaking – period of the year for Mindanao as a whole.
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