A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 struck Surigao Del Sur in the Philippines Saturday night, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
The tremor occurred at 10:37 PM local time, with its epicenter located at 08.52°N, 126.69°E, approximately 42 km north-northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur.
The earthquake was shallow, with a depth of only 8 kilometers, which could potentially result in significant damage. High-intensity tremors were felt across various regions, with Intensity V reported in the City of Bislig in Surigao Del Sur and the City of Cabadbaran in Agusan Del Norte.
Intensity V indicates strong shaking that can be frightening to many people, and is capable of causing significant damage to poorly constructed buildings.
Residents in the affected areas are advised to be alert for aftershocks and to check the structural integrity of their buildings. Local authorities are currently assessing the situation for any potential damages or casualties.
For more detailed information and updates, the public can visit PHIVOLCS’ official website or follow their social media channels. Safety precautions and emergency preparedness guidelines are also available on these platforms to help residents in earthquake-prone areas.