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article imageStrong 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Sarangani Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Apr 28, 2017 in Environment
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Sarangani Province in Mindanao, Philippines Saturday morning prompting the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to raise a tsunami warning which was lifted later at around 7:00 a.m.
The powerful earthquake struck at 4:23 a.m. Saturday local time 05.02°N, 125.24°E - 053 km S 30° W of Sarangani (Davao Occidental), Philippines.
Phivolcs recorded the temblor at 57 kilometers deep and tectonic in origin.
According to Phivolcs, Intensity V was recorded in nearby General Santos and Koronadal Cities, Santa Maria, Jose Abad Santos, Don Marcelino, Balot Island, Davao Occidental, Polomolok, Tupi, South Cotabato; Alabel, Malapatan, Glan, Sarangani; Palembang and Sultan Kudarat.
Intensity IV was recorded in Davao, Cotabato and Zamboanga Cities.
Residents fearing the onslaught of tsunami were relieved after the warning was lifted a few hours after it was raised by Phivolcs.
“Tsunami threat is over and only a 10 cm wave was produced,” Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum told CNN Philippines in a text message.
There was no immediate report of any casualty or major damage to properties and other infrastructure in the areas when Intensity 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred.
Disaster agencies of government are assessing the situation in the affected areas and subsequent reports of casualties and damages will be issued shortly.
The Philippines is located in what is known as the "Ring of Fire" an arc of fault lines that traverse the Pacific Basin and is prone to occurrence of powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
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