Philippine Raises Quake Magnitud To 7.1 From 6.5

The Philippines’ seismology agency said in an advisory the deep offshore quake is not expected to create damage but aftershocks were expected.

MANILA, Jul 11 – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology revised the magnitude of the offshore earthquake that rattled Sultan Kudarat province in the southern Philippines on Thursday (July 11) morning to 7.1 from 6.5.

The institute initially reported the earthquake, which occurred at 10.13 am local time, as magnitude 6.5.

In an updated report, the institute said the quake hit at a depth of 722km, about 133 kilometres southwest of Palimbang, a coastal town compared to the previous report of 634km about 154km of Isabela City.

The tremor was also felt in nearby provinces on Mindanao, the country’s second-largest island, including Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Sarangani, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, and Cotabato.

Epicentre of powerful 7.1 magnitude that jolts southern Philippines this morning around 10.13 am.

It also struck Malaysia’s Borneo’s Sabah and Sarawak as far as Limbang and Sipitang, around 1,000 km off epicentre.

The institute said the tectonic quake will trigger aftershocks but will not cause damage. It added that the earthquake will not trigger a tsunami.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology, and geophysics agency reported a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the western province of Bengkulu on Wednesday night but did not generate significant waves.

The earthquake occurred at 10.32pm Jakarta time (1532 GMT), with the epicentre located 145 km northwest of Enggano Island, with a depth of 10km beneath the seabed.

No tsunami warning was issued as the tremors were not anticipated to cause large waves.

Indonesia and the Philippines are susceptible to earthquakes due to their location on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.

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