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Magnitude 5.5 quake hits Mindanao

As if the extreme weather is not enough, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit Mindanao at 9:14 a.m. Friday morning (June 15).

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter was at 152 kilometers east southeast of General Santos City or 184 kilometers south-southeast of Davao City. The tremor had a depth of 69.4 kilometers.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) measured the tremor at magnitude 5.9 and the epicenter at 145 kilometers southeast of Mati, Davao Oriental. Phivolcs said the earthquake is tectonic in origin and had a depth of 64 kilometers.

The earthquake was felt at Intensity 4 in General Santos Cit, Intensity 3 in Davao City, Mati, Davao Oriental and Digos City and Intensity 2 in Tagum City and Carmen, Davao del Norte.

Phivolcs said aftershocks are expected.