A 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Awakes Kadingilan Residents in Bukidnon Province
Residents of Kadingilan town in Bukidnon province, Mindanao, were awakened by a late-night shudder as a series of low-level quakes culminated into a 5.7 magnitude earthquake around 10:38 pm, yesterday, June 14, 2021, as per PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology).
No Casualties Reported; Damage Assessment is Ongoing
According to Sheen Therese Romo, head of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Kadingilan, the Intensity 5 earthquake that rocked the town, especially on its western side, caused minor damages. Based on her team's the initial assessment of the town's municipal hall and other public buildings, the damages occurred on the same areas and parts of the structures that were affected by the 5.9 earthquake that occurred in November 18, 2019. Ms. Romo stated that no damages and injuries have been reported by the barangays of Kadingilan. Ms. Romo also praised the readiness of the residents during and after the earthquake, stating that none of the barangays reported damages or injuries. However, Ms. Romo's team is continuing its damage assessment.
Active Faults Possible Cause of Bukidnon Quake
PHIVOLCS recorded more than 100 aftershocks with the strongest at 5.2 intensity and is warning residents to expect more in the following day or two. The earthquake was felt in Marawi, Cagayan de Oro, and surrounding regions (Intensity IV) all the way down to the cities of Pagadian and Gingoog, Davao City (Intensity III).
According to Renato Solidum, director of PHIVOLCS, Bukidnon is prone to earthquakes and seismic activities because of the presence of several active faults, including the Central Mindanao Fault, the Linugos River Fault, and Cabanglasan Fault, among others.
The November 2019 Southern Bukidnon earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9, was the last previous earthquake that jolted the province, and aftershocks were recorded in the days following the quake.
What To Do Following an Earthquake
- Following an earthquake, take stock of yourself and your family and neighbors and help provide aid where possible (depending on your capability).
- Night-time earthquakes are the most dangerous; make sure everyone is awake if the quake is of higher intensities.
- Check your water and electricity lines for cracks or damages. Shut off your utilities if you need to and report it as soon as possible.
- Check your home for cracks and damages. Assess if the damage is too great for you and your family to remain indoors, or not.
- Check your things, assets, appliances, and vehicles for damage.
Expect aftershocks and even more aftershocks.
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