QUAKE. Employees of Davao de Oro Capitol run to safer grounds as a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the province on Tuesday (March 7, 2023) afternoon. The tectonic quake struck 8 kilometers southeast of the municipality of New Bataan. (PNA photo by Robinson Ninal Jr.)

MANILA – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook Davao de Oro Tuesday afternoon, the second in the area this week, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

Phivolcs earlier logged the quake as magnitude 6.2 but later downgraded it and updated the details.

The tectonic quake struck 8 kilometers southeast of the municipality of New Bataan at 2:02 p.m. It was 10 km. deep.

The quake was felt at Intensity V in Maco, Maragusan, Nabunturan, New Bataan, and Pantukan, Davao de Oro; and Intensity IV in Monkayo, Davao de Oro; City of Tagum, Davao del Norte; City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Intensity III was reported in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur; City of Davao; City of Mati, Davao Oriental; while Intensity II was felt in Cagayan de Oro City; Antipas, Carmen and City of Kidapawan, Cotabato; and Columbio in Sultan Kudarat.

Intensity I was reported in Aleosan, Cotabato; Esperanza, Lutayan and President Quirino in Sultan Kudarat.

Phivolcs also logged the following instrumental intensities using an intensity meter that measures ground acceleration:

Intensity V - Nabunturan, Davao de Oro Intensity III - City of Davao; Malungon, Sarangani; Tupi, South Cotabato Intensity II - Carmen, Bohol; Abuyog, Leyte; City of Malaybalay, and Talakag, Bukidnon; Banisilan, and Magpet, Cotabato; Alabel, Sarangani; City of Koronadal, South Cotabato; City of Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte; City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur Intensity I - Esperanza, Masbate; City of Baybay, and Dulag, Leyte; Kadingilan, Bukidnon; City of Cagayan De Oro; Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental; Kiamba, Sarangani; Banga, Norala, Surallah, and Tantangan, South Cotabato; City of General Santos; Columbio, Isulan, and President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat; City of Surigao, Surigao del Norte; City of Tandag, Surigao del Sur; Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur Both aftershocks and damage are possible from the quake. On Monday, a magnitude 5.3 earthquake also struck 22 km. southeast of New Bataan. (PNA)