During a 6.9 earthquake in Mindanao, a six-year old girl died when the wall of her house collapsed on a Sunday afternoon.
“The fatality was inside their house in Barangay Asinan, Matanao, Davao del Sur, when she was hit on the head by the wall of their house which collapsed due to the intensity of the quake. She was rushed to the Disaster Center but was pronounced dead on arrival,” Matanao Mayor Vincent F. Fernandez said.
Aftershocks occur every 30 minutes after the strong earthquake in Mindanao.
“The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded the earthquake around 2:11 p.m. and traced its epicenter 9 kilometers northwest of Matanao, Davao del Sur, “the report from Manila Bulletin stated.
An it was emphasized that there are no tsunami alerts.
Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Cagas encourages people to pray for their region.
Based on the data gathered, there are two strong shocks after the big tremor, 5 and 5.7 with an epicenter located at the center north of General Santos City.
Moreover, all classes were suspended in Davao del Sur and Cotabato City on Monday, December 16,2019.
Since October of this year, yesterday’s quake was the strongest among the four major tremors.
“The police forces in Davao region were mobilized to assist in the search, rescue, and other post-disaster action following the 6.9-magnitude quake that hit Davao del Sur,” report said.
Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, officer-in-charge of the Philippine National Police (PNP), commanded Brig. Gen. Filmore Escobal, regional director of Police Regional Office 11, immediately to unite the police in order to assist victims and other affected areas.