IN PHOTOS: Strong Davao del Sur earthquake causes serious damage

MANILA, Philippines – Several buildings in parts of Mindanao were damaged after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Davao del Sur on Sunday, December 15.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake struck at 2:11 pm. It left at least one dead – a 6-year-old girl – and several others injured.

Among the damaged buildings was the 3-storey Southern Trade, a commercial shopping store in Padada, Davao del Sur.

According to the Philippine Information Agency in Davao del Sur, 4 injured people who were near the building when the earthquake happened were rescued as of 3:30 pm.

Other structures that collapsed in the area were the 2-storey Canlas Commercial building and an old water reservoir located at Padada's public cemetery, where 8 people were injured.

Some flower vendors at a public market in Padada were also pinned by a concrete wall which fell as the quake struck.

PINNED. Flower vendors at a public market in Padada, Davao del Sur, are trapped underneath a wall. Photo from John Angelo Jomao-as | via PDRRMC DavNor

PINNED. Flower vendors at a public market in Padada, Davao del Sur, are trapped underneath a wall.

Photo from John Angelo Jomao-as | via PDRRMC DavNor

Luke Cadoyas, Padada municipal disaster risk reduction and management officer, said they were still determining the number of casualties and assessing the extent of the damage. Rescue and retrieval operations were being conducted.

Over in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, the municipal hall was further damaged by Sunday's earthquake. The structure was already partially damaged by earlier earthquakes on October 16 and 29.

HIT AGAIN. The Magsaysay Municipal Hall in Davao del Sur is further damaged on December 15, 2019. Photo from Anthony Allada

HIT AGAIN. The Magsaysay Municipal Hall in Davao del Sur is further damaged on December 15, 2019.

Photo from Anthony Allada

Photo from Anthony Allada

At least two hospitals in Davao del Sur also showed cracks following the earthquake.

DAMAGED. Cracks are seen on the Viacrucis Medical Hospital in Bansalan, Davao del Sur. Photo from Noraida Abo/UnYPhil-Women

DAMAGED. Cracks are seen on the Viacrucis Medical Hospital in Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

Photo from Noraida Abo/UnYPhil-Women

Photo from Noraida Abo/UnYPhil-Women
CRACKS. The walls of St Benedict Hospital of Davao del Sur show cracks. The hospital van is also crushed by falling debris. Photo by Angeli Perez

CRACKS. The walls of St Benedict Hospital of Davao del Sur show cracks. The hospital van is also crushed by falling debris.

Photo by Angeli Perez

Photo by Angeli Perez
Photo by Angeli Perez

pic.twitter.com/7HPWf7U8Aw — Angeli Perez (@angeliperez95) December 15, 2019

 

Outside Davao del Sur, Iligan City was also affected by the earthquake as cracks were seen at Fortune Suite, a hotel in the area.

EVACUATION. People including Oxfam staff evacuate a hotel in Iligan City due to the earthquake on December 15, 2019. The Oxfam staff reported a few cracks in the hotel where they are staying. Photo from Miriam Solleza and Jhie Durana/Oxfam Philippines

EVACUATION. People including Oxfam staff evacuate a hotel in Iligan City due to the earthquake on December 15, 2019. The Oxfam staff reported a few cracks in the hotel where they are staying.

Photo from Miriam Solleza and Jhie Durana/Oxfam Philippines

Photo from Miriam Solleza and Jhie Durana/Oxfam Philippines

The earthquake also caused water from a swimming pool at Palmera Garden Hotel in General Santos City to splash out.

Linog here in Gensan. Scarrryyy! Linog in Mindanao. #Earthquake #EarthquakePh Keep safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/WlgsAGVrPx — Karla Dawn Besoña (@kalangtots) December 15, 2019

 

Portions of Mindanao were struck by a series of earthquakes just last October. (READ: FAST FACTS: The destructive earthquakes that hit Mindanao)

Specifically, the province of Cotabato suffered from 3 succeeding strong earthquakes: the first with magnitude 6.3 on October 16, the second with magnitude 6.6 on October 29, and the third on October 31, with magnitude 6.5. These tremors were also felt in neighboring provinces. – Rappler.com