At exactly two minutes past eight in the morning of today, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Mati in Davao Oriental, with a depth of 61 kilometers.
The quake startled the people of Mati, but there are no reported damages, accidents and deaths in the said earthquake.
Just last October 23, a town in Davao del Sur was also hit with a 5.1 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter traced at 50 kilometers southeast of Sarangani town, with tectonic origin and depth of 15 kilometers.
Also in the 4th of last month, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked some areas of Sultan Kudarat province at around 7:00 p.m.
Phivolcs said the earthquake was traced to its tectonic origin with epicenter some 195 kilometers off Palimbang town with a depth of 556 kilometers.
There was no casualty or damage to properties reported as a result of the earthquake.
Mild tremors were also felt in Mati, Davao Oriental intensity 3 and Davao City intensity 2
Could these series of earthquakes in the areas of Davao Oriental and General Santos City serve as signs of what International Earthquake and Volcano Prediction Center (IEVPC) warns to be a major earthquake, centered between the Philippines and northern Indonesia in the Molucca Sea anytime between January 2013 and December 2014?
In IEVPC’s warning, an 8.0+ magniute earthquake may strike Molucca Sea; south of the Philippines. The said major earthquake is said to bring a possible tsunami and big damage in the areas of Molucca Sea and Celebes Sea regions.