NDRRMC SitRep No.03 re Effects of Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte


DATE: 12 February 2017, 8:00 AM


At 10:03 PM on 10 February 2017, Friday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6,7 shook the island of Mindanao. The epicenter is located 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City, Surigao Strait at a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. Small-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards, and as of 4:00 PM of 11 February 2017, 101 aftershocks have been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network.

Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking was felt at PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) VII (Destructive) in Surigao City. Furthermore, the municipalities of Pintuyan in Southern Leyte, and San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte experienced the ground shaking at PEI S VI (Very Strong), while the municipalities of Mainit and Placer in Surigao Del Norte, Libjo and San Jose in Dinagat Island, San Ricardo, Limasawa and San Francisco in Southern Leyte and Manduae City felt the shaking at PEI S V (Strong). This earthquake was felt PEI S IV to I as far as 250 km away (Butuan City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Catbalogan City, Bislig City, Cebu City, Cagayan De Oro City, Dumaguete City and Tagbilaran City) from the epicentral area. The strong ground shaking near the epicentral area resulted to damages to some buildings, roads and bridges.


A. Affected Population:

  1. A total of 1,034 families / 5,170 persons were affected in 54 barangays in the province of Surigao del Norte:

B. Casualties:

  1. A total of four (4) persons were reported dead in the province of Surigao del Norte due to the earthquake.

  2. A total of 202 persons incurred injuries due to the earthquake and were brought to the following hospitals for medical treatment:

C. Damages:

  1. Houses
  • A total of 1,034 houses in the province of Surigao del Norte were damaged due to the earthquake. Of which, 155 are totally damaged while 879 are partially damaged.
  1. Damaged Facilities and Infrastructures (TAB A)
  • A total of twelve (12) school facilities incurred damages due to the earthquake in the province of Surigao del Norte.

  • Damaged Infrastructures were reported in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island due to the earthquake.

  • CARAGA Regional Hospital was partially damaged due to the earthquake. Estimated cost of damages amounted ₱5,000,000.00.