Another seismic activity struck the island of Mindanao. A strong magnitude 6.9 on the Richter Scale rocks the province of Davao Del Sur in the Island of Mindanao, the Philippines on December 15, 2019. The epicenter was recorded 6 kilometers west of Padada, Davao Del Sur at 2:11 PM. The depth of the quake is shallow at 30 kilometers below the surface of the land. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warns the public of aftershocks following the epicenter of the quake.

The quake caused multiple damages to structures and homes across the affected part of the area as there is an unstable movement of the land. Poorly constructed structures are expected to incur damages as the foundation sustained cracks and weakness as the seismic activity jolts the island of Mindanao. Aftershocks may cause another weakness and more damage to structures or homes that are already damaged by the initial quake across the affected area.

Multiple photos of concerned citizens uploaded their videos and photos over social media to let their friends and family know about the situation in their areas. There are buildings, public structures, and homes that are already destroyed by the quake.

The local government units across Mindanao are now initiating efforts to conduct an assessment regarding the damages in the affected areas. Rescue efforts by several government agencies are now on their way to provide assistance to affected individuals in the area after the recent seismic activity. Isolated communities will expect to receive humanitarian aid as road access is damaged and not already passable due to the strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to stay outdoors as there are strong aftershocks that can further risk their safety. Aftershocks are common in areas recently struck by strong earthquakes. It is advised to avoid going to damaged buildings, bridges, and posts as they can pose threats to the safety and lives of anyone in unstable areas. It is important to proceed to open spaces as it is one of the safest areas to stay whenever there is an active seismic activity in the region right after a strong magnitude earthquake.

The Philippine archipelago, including the whole island of Mindanao, sits in the Pacific Ring of Fire. This region holds at least 50% of the total seismic and geological activities than any other place around the world.  These include volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that pose multiple threats to the lives and well-being of residents living within the area.

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