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31 Jan 2020 | 06:03 AM UTC

Phiippines: 5.2-magnitude earthquake hits east of Guihing (Davao del Sur province) January 31

5.2-magnitude earthquake strikes east of Guihing (Davao del Sur province) January 31; aftershocks possible over the near term



The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.2-magnitude earthquake 7 km (4 mi) east of Guihing (Davao del Sur province; Mindanao Island) at approximately 19:18 (local time) on Friday, January 31. The quake struck at a depth of 38 km (24 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or infrastructure damage. Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas over the coming hours and days. No tsunami warnings were immediately issued.


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.