8 killed, 2 missing, 395 injured after M6.6 earthquake in Mindanao, Philippines

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8 people were killed, 2 are missing and 395 were injured after a shallow M6.6 earthquake hit Mindanao, Philippines at 01:04 UTC (09:04 LT) on October 29, 2019, at a depth of 7 km (4.3 miles). The earthquake is tectonic in origin and was located at 6.92°N,125.05°E (26 km / 16 miles East of Tulunan, Cotabato), according to PHIVOLCS.

Based on the Philippine’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) report at 22:00 UTC, October 29 (06:00 LT, October 30), there were 270 aftershocks of which 160 were plotted and 50 were felt, ranging from magnitude 1.5 to 6.1 and Intensity of I to VII.

A total of 8 405 people (1 681 families) were affected in 3 barangays in Region XII. Of these, 3 505 (701 families) are currently in temporary shelters.

Five people were killed; 1 due to trauma from falling debris, 2 due to a rockslide, 1 due to falling debris and 1 due to collapsed wall debris.

394 people were injured and 2 remain missing after a landslide incident in Upper Bala, Magsaysay.

A total of 133 infrastructures were reported damaged; 94 schools, 11 health facilities, 7 other public structures, 1 pace of worship and 20 private/commercial establishment.

A fire broke out at G Skin and Domantay Jamora Dental Clinic in General Santos City, South Cotabato; a dike near Buluan-Pagalat river was damaged, flooding Barangays Tual, Damakling, and Poblacion; a landslide hit Sitio Saulbulawan, Barangay Bituan which totally blocked the road going to Barangay Bacong, Tulunan, Cotabato; another landslide hit Barangay Upper Bala, Magsaysay, Davao del Sure wherein two missing persons were reported.

Power interruptions were experienced in several areas following the tremor.

Update

As of 06:00 LT on October 31, the death toll has risen to 8. 395 people were injured and 2 still remain missing.

The number of affected people rose to 25 630 (5 126 families) in 59 barangays.

As of 23:00 LT on October 30, a total of 590 aftershocks were recorded. 282 were plotted and 86 felt.

Featured image credit: Nestor Mamon

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