At least 4 dead, dozens injured in Mindanao quake

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2019 12:41 AM | Updated as of Oct 17 2019 06:29 AM

Courtesy of Kidapawan City FB page

MANILA (4th UPDATE)—Four people died after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted Tulunan town, North Cotabato and nearby areas on Wednesday, local officials said.

Police said that one of the children, a 7-year-old girl, was crushed by a wall in Tulunan, which fell during the tremor.

Meanwhile, a 2-year-old girl from Magsaysay town in Davao del Sur also died when falling objects hit her while she was sleeping. The family identified the victim as Cristine Roda.

In a previous report, Magsaysay information officer Anthony Allada said the victim was a 5-year-old boy.

A house was also buried in an earthquake-triggered landslide in Barangay Malawanit, Magsaysay, Allada added.

A father and his 2 children survived and were rushed to a hospital.

The mother and another child did not, said Robert Plaza of Magsaysay's disaster team.

More than 60 people were also confirmed injured in Tulunan, North Cotabato, and in Magsaysay and Digos in Davao del Sur.

In Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, which felt the tremor at intensity 7, patients were evacuated from Midway Hospital after the building sustained damage. 

They will spend the night in an outdoor tennis court a few meters away from the hospital while authorities are checking the integrity of the building structure.

'MODERATELY STRONG'

According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum, the earthquake was "moderately strong."

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.7.

The tectonic quake occurred at 7:37 p.m. approximately 22 kilometers southeast of Tulunan and had a depth of 15 km.

According to Phivolcs, 246 aftershocks were recorded as of early Thursday.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said the earthquake affected the Mount Apo geothermal power plant, which caused power outages in some parts of South Cotabato, North Cotabato and the entire city of Kidapawan.

Besides Kidapawan, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, and Davao del Sur, the earthquake was also felt in Sarangani province, Davao City, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and Compostela Valley.—With reports from Berchan Louie Angchay, Jeff Canoy and Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News