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20 Feb 2020 | 05:22 AM UTC

Philippines: 5.4-magnitude earthquake hits southeast of Kalbay (Davao Occidental province) February 20

5.4-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of Kalbay (Davao Occidental province) on February 20; aftershocks possible over the near term



The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.4-magnitude earthquake 13 km (8 mi) southeast of Kalbay (Davao Occidental province) at approximately 17:54 (local time) on Thursday, February 20. The quake struck at a depth of 201 km (125 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. No tsunami warnings were immediately issued.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.