MANILA, Philippines – A resident of Davao Occidental was reportedly killed after the 6.8 earthquake that struck the waters of Sarangani, Davao Occidental on Friday afternoon, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
The undersecretary administrator of the TOC, Ariel Nepomuceno, said that the fatality is still being validated.
Several homes and a school in the town of Sarangani suffered damage, Nepomuceno said.
Meanwhile, Nepomuceno also raised the alert status of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center to “blue,” demanding that the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Department of Protection against Fires provided the duty to support response activities.
The tectonic earthquake occurred 30 kilometers southwest of the said area at 4:14 pm and had a shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
Phivolcs initially classified the earthquake at magnitude 7.2.
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