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15 Nov 2020 | 05:09 PM UTC

Philippines: 5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes near Salvacion (Surigao del Sur province) November 16

5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes near Salvacion (Surigao del Sur province) on November 16; no tsunami warning issued

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Event

On Monday, November 16, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.9-magnitude earthquake 8km (4.9mi) east of Salvacion (Surigao del Sur province). The earthquake struck at a depth of 59km (36.6mi) at 06:37 (local time). No tsunami warning has been issued. No casualties or structural damage have been currently reported.

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

Context

The Philippines is susceptible to frequent seismic activity due to its location within the Pacific Ring of Fire. Moderate to high-intensity earthquakes occur regularly within the country and the surrounding waters. Most of these tremors cause limited damage and casualties, but stronger earthquakes occasionally have a more significant impact.

Advice

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 immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

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