Zambo rocked by magnitude 4 quake Print
Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:27

Zamboanga residents were awakened early yesterday morning by an earthquake that rocked several parts of Mindanao.

A post from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that the city experienced a magnitude 4 earthquake with the epicenter located at Southwest of Sarangani, Davao Oriental.

Davao Oriental experienced a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 at 4:23am yesterday.

Phivolcs also posted an advisory on sea level disturbances such as strong currents and the rapid rise and fall of seawaters.

People were advised to stay away from the beach and to refrain from going towards coastal areas fronting the Celebes sea.

The tsunami warning was also lifted that same morning.

Meanwhile, social media was flooded with posts from residents in the city expressing both relief and apprehension on the incident.

Posts were seen as early as 4:30am, around the time when the massive earthquake was recorded in Sarangani.

Although Zamboanga city is not directly affected, residents are apprehensive because Zamboanga is a coastal town.

Disaster officials have been asking the people to remain alert for a possible movement from the Sulu trench, another major earthquake generator.

As of press time, no casualties nor damages were reported in Zamboanga but residents are continuing to monitor developments. (Liza Jocson)