Flash Update: No. 03 – M 6.6 and M 6.5 Earthquakes in Cotabato, Philippines – 01 November 2019
The Philippine’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that a series of strong earthquakes with magnitudes M 6.6 and M 6.5 occurred on 29 and 31 October 2019, respectively.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), as of 31 October 2019, hundreds of aftershocks have followed both earthquakes, of which a total of 119 quakes were felt, ranging from light to very strong shaking. More aftershocks are expected and may continue for several days to weeks.
The most recent M 6.5 earthquake has caused a hotel and a gymnasium in Cotabato to collapse, while the previous M 6.6 earthquake has caused several secondary incidents such as fire, flood due to damaged dike, and landslides in Cotabato and Davao Del Sur.
As of yesterday (31 October 2019), several areas in Cotabato Province still experienced power outages, while classes and work suspensions were declared for safety purposes, due to damaged infrastructures by the earthquakes.
Currently, the NDRRMC has made several efforts in response, by continuously coordinating with member agencies and affected Office of Civil Defense Regional Offices, alerting several search and rescue teams for deployment to Davao City, and providing Food and Non-Food relief items to the affected areas.
Meanwhile, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Regions X, XI, Xll, and BARMM are continuously monitoring their areas and are in coordination with their respective member agencies, to ensure that the dissemination of updates are well spread through several important platforms.
The AHA Centre is continuously monitoring and will issue an update should there be any significant development of the situation.