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I am looking for information now. It felt pretty strong. 

Edited for location and magnitude. 



M 7.2 - Mindanao, Philippines

Location    5.478°N 125.057°E–
Depth            10.0 km
Origin Time    2017-04-28 20:23:18.000 UTC



I would imagine there was some damage in Gen San

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Hope all are ok there, i only found this..



GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PNA) – Fishermen recovered before dawn Monday a huge oarfish near the shores of Kiamba town, an occurrence that is expected to be construed by some as a sign of an impending earthquake.

Carmelo Velasco, Kiamba municipal environment and natural resources officer, said the rare fish was spotted by fishermen swimming off Purok Kiblis in Barangay Lomuyon at around 4:30 a.m. but later died and washed ashore.

He said the oarfish was initially seen swimming near the shore and “appeared to be already at a weak state.”

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“Not long after it was spotted, (the oarfish) died due to still unknown reasons,” the official said.

Responding municipal environment personnel measured the oarfish at 13 feet and 10 inches long and about 11 inches wide.

Velasco said the recovered oarfish, which is called the “king of herrings,” was the first ever recorded in the municipality.

He said the oarfish was brought to Barangay Poblacion in Kiamba for inspection by representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

A fishery reference website described the oarfish as “large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampriform fish belonging to the small family Regalecidae, and found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen.”

A number of oarfish washed up ashore these past months in parts of Mindanao, triggering belief that they could be related to the recent series of earthquakes, among them the 6.7-magnitude temblor that hit Surigao City and the neighboring areas in February.

Parts of Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental provinces were hit by moderate to strong earthquakes since last week.

Dozens of oarfish, which is known in Japan as “ryugu no tsukai” or “messenger from the sea god’s palace,” were reportedly found by Japanese fishermen before the occurrence of major earthquakes in the past.

Meantime, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled Pagudpud residents at 7:28 a.m. Monday, state seimologists said.

With epicenter located at 45 kilometers northwest of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake was tectonic in origin with a depth of 33 kilometers.

Intensity II was felt in neighboring Claveria town in Cagayan and Intensity I in Laoag City.

Phivolcs said there was no expected aftershocks and damage.


Quakes continue to rattle South

It may be considered mild based on official seismograph readings but the twin earthquakes that shook Surigao del Sur yesterday may lead people to connect the tremors to a dead rare fish discovered in the region.

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Strong earthquake off Mindanao damages buildings, say officials

Agence France-Presse / 12:42 PM April 29, 2017

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Philippines early Saturday, officials said, damaging several buildings and injuring two people as panicked residents fled the coast following a tsunami warning.

US authorities warned of potential hazardous waves in the southern region of Mindanao and Indonesia after the quake hit at 4:23 a.m., but the tsunami alert was lifted less than two hours later.

Residents were jolted from their beds and ran onto the streets as the earthquake shook the area, leaving cracks in a hospital, two government buildings and a port, as well as triggering the collapse of at least one house and causing a brief power outage.

“The floor appeared to rise first before swaying violently from side to side. Then the lights went out,” said Adrian Morallas, who was at work at the civil defense office in General Santos city at the time of the quake.

“I ducked and took cover under my desk in line with our disaster training, though it was very difficult to do that in the dark with the ground shaking.”

Morallas said coastal communities near General Santos were told to evacuate as a precaution, though authorities do not know how many people actually left their homes.

The quake struck at a depth of 41 kilometers (25 miles) off Mindanao island, the US Geological Service said.

The state-run Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology gave a higher magnitude reading of 7.2. The epicenter was about 53 kilometers off Mindanao’s south coast, it added.
READ: Strong magnitude 7.2 quake rocks Mindanao

“We do not expect major damage after this event,” the institute’s head Renato Solidum said on ABS-CBN television in Manila.

Morallas said two people were injured during the evacuations in the Mindanao coastal towns of Glan and Malapatan.

One person was hit by a falling rock while a pregnant woman hurt herself when she fell.

The Philippines lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many of Earth’s quakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake damaged dozens of houses on central Mindanao on April 12, while a trio of strong quakes battered buildings and caused panicked tourists to flee a popular resort near Manila on April 8.

READ: Earthquake swarm hits Batangas

A 6.5-magnitude quake killed eight people and left more than 250 injured outside the Mindanao city of Surigao in February, and another 5.9-magnitude tremor killed one person there last month.

Before Surigao, the last lethal earthquake to hit the country was a 7.1-magnitude tremor that left more than 220 people dead and destroyed historic churches when it struck the central islands in October 2013.



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