A magnitude 5.7 earthquake shook Davao Oriental at 7:58 this morning, December 4, 2013.

As of the latest earthquake information provided by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the epicenter of the quake was observed at 57 kilometers Southeast of Mati, Davao Oriental which was caused by a tectonic movement.

According to the data provided earlier by the United States Geological Survey, the quake has a 5.5 magnitude and was observed 1km East-Northeast of Tibanbang, Davao Oriental which was later updated to 5.7 by the Philvolcs as observed and analyzed in the waveform data.

As of the moment, no casualties and damages were reported caused by the incident, however, Philvocs warns the public that aftershocks are possible to be felt within the location.

Furthermore, reported intensities felt in the nearby cities are as follows:

Intensity V – Mati, Davao Oriental
Intensity IV – Digos City, Don Marcelino, Malita and Caraga
Intensity III – Tagum City, Panubo, Compostela Valley, MAtan-ao, Butuan City, Kidapawan City
Intenisity II – Agusan del Sur, Cotabato, General Santos, koronadal, Polomolok, S Cotabato, Sarangani, N Cotabato.

As of now, no tsunami alert is raised over the area where the earthquake occurred since the magnitude was too weak to produce any. (Ma. Meta D. Aboga, ABCom/LNU)