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16 Dec 1989 description

UNDRO 89/2467

EARTHQUAKE - PHILIPPINES
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
16 DECEMBER 1989

1. MAJOR EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING 2:44 AM 16 DECEMBER (18:44, 15 DECEMBER GMT) OFF COAST MINDANAO ISLAND, APPROX. 260 KM NORTHEAST OF DAVAO OR 900 KM SOUTHEAST OF MANILA. MAGNITUDE MEASURED 7.3 ON RICHTER SCALE.

2. EPICENTRE 50 KM EAST OF BISLIG. REGION FAIRLY MOUNTAINOUS AND SPARSELY POPULATED. SO FAR MINOR DAMAGE REPORTED. POWER FAILURE EXPERIENCED 40 MINUTES. IN CONTACT UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE. DAMAGE NOT LIKELY TO INCREASE.