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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines

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A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the PHIVOLCS as M6.1 (preliminary) hit near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 13:40 UTC (21:40 LT) on February 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 43 km (27 miles); EMSC M6.0 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

The epicenter was located 205 km (127 miles) SE of Davao (population 1 213 000) and 167 km (104 miles) S of Mati, Philippines.

There are about 600 people living within 100 km (62 miles). 

333 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking and 370 000 weak.

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake-resistant construction. The predominant vulnerable building types are unknown/miscellaneous types and heavy wood frame construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Regional seismicity

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