6.3 magnitude quake hits Mindanao

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Cor Jesus College in Digos City, Davao del Sur after the earthquake. Photo: Anthony Syngcoc

Homes, shopping malls, and office building were evacuated after 6.3 magnitude earthquake shocked Mindanao on Wednesday evening.

ABS-CBN News tweeted a video of mall-goers in Gaisano fleeing the building during the shake down.

People also rushed out of a mall in General Santos City.

According to authorities, at least 4 were dead in Tulunan, North Cotabato and nearby areas.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum, said the earthquake was moderately strong and 246 aftershocks were recorderd this morning.

Mount Apo geothermal power plant was affected that caused power outages in the entire city of Kidapawan, and parts of South and North Cotabato.

The earthquake was also felt in Sarangani province, Davao City, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, and Compostela Valley

Below are the places where earthquake was felt:

Intensity VII – Tulunan, North Cotabato, M’Lang, North Cotabato, Kidapawan City
Intensity VI – Digos City, Davao del Sur; Sto. Nino, South Cotabato; Tacurong City
Intensity V – Alabel & Malungon, Sarangani; Lake Sebu, Polomolok, Tampakan & Tupi, South
Cotabato; Koronadal City; Roxas & Pikit, North Cotabato;General Santos City; Davao City;
Kalamansig, Lebak & Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat
Intensity IV – Kiamba, Sarangani; Esperanza & Rosario, Agusan del Sur; Kalilangan, Quezon,
Kadingilan & Damulog, Bukidnon; Mawab, Compostela Valley; Cotabato City; Matanog, Barira &
Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
Intensity III – Santa Josefa, Agusan del Sur; Iligan City; Dipolog City
Intensity II – Butuan City; Zamboanga City
Intensity I – Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Instrumental intensities were also experienced in these areas:

Intensity VII – Kidapawan City
Intensity V – Tupi and Polomolok, South Cotabato; Alabel, Sarangani
Intensity IV – Kiamba, Sarangani; T’Boli, South Cotabato; General Santos City
Intensity III – Cagayan de Oro City; Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental;
Intensity II – Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
Intensity I – Dipolog City; Bislig City

“Marami tayong excess capacity, so ang tinitingnan lang natin ngayon, safe bang i-energize ulit ‘yung lines,” he told DZMM.

This morning, classes were also suspended in several areas in Mindanao.