5.6 quake shakes Philippines’ Mindanao



MANILA, Philippines—A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook the typhoon-hit southern Philippine island of Mindanao Monday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake struck at 5:45 am (2145 GMT) around 73 kilometres (45 miles) southeast of the city of Davao at a depth of 56 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

The USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

The Hong Kong Observatory measured the tremor at a stronger 6.0.

Mindanao is still clearing up after powerful Typhoon Bopha hit the southern Philippines last week killing at least 548 people, most of them on the island.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire—a belt around the Pacific Ocean dotted by active volcanoes and tectonic trenches.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BXBYZ5EB467UVJRXK4IOM5BX4Y Todd

    Mark 13:8King James Version (KJV)
    8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows

    • tamumd

      Oh boy…another religiotard…ascribing connection between natural phenomenon and the “end of times”! I guess since there has always been earthquakes and famines and wars..the earth would have perished long time ago already.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

         Tamumd, do not despise prophesy because the earthquake, although thought of as a natural phenomenon has been mentioned during the time of Jesus as it increases in frequency is related to birth pangs. As it is increasing its frequency is an indication that these prophesies are happening right before our very eyes. Prepare to meet your God?

      • tamumd

        Earthquakes are “thought of” as natural phenomenon? They are NOT ‘thought of”..they are PROVEN to be natural phenomenon. That is how our planet had been behaving since it came into existence. It is governed by plate tectonics. And these plates are scattered all over the surface of the earth. Just here in the Philippines there are 3 big ones smashing at each other. The Pacific plate is pushing our Philippine plate against the Eurasian plate. And that’s not unusual coz we are part of the so called Ring of Fire. Hence there are plenty of active volcanoes in our country and we always have earthquakes. Earthquakes are not increasing in frequency..it seems like that coz of the rapid transmission of information nowadays. We have TV, the internet that trasmit news almost instantaneously. During the time of your Jesus…they don’t have those luxuries. Even during the turn of the 19th century news took forever to reach far flung places..and happenings in those far flunged places took forever to reach big cities. Therefore you can now hear news of small magnitude earthquakes happening all over the world. Please read other than your stupid bible. It make you sound stupid and dumb. Snap out of your delusion..there’s NO god.

      • simondj

        how about if you compare the magnitude and the frequency of the occurance of nautral calamity this years to that of ten years ago? you will be shocked. to give you an idea, when i was young, typhoon comes only in the month of july, august and september,,, now the pablo came at december.

      • tamumd

        First off we are talking about earthquakes here. There’s no linear increase in frequency and magnitudes of earthquakes all these time.

        NOw since you’ve switched to the weather like typhoons…the increasing ferocity of this phenomenon is not because of some angry god. It is because of global warming. We humans have polluted our planet and cut down our trees and forests that naturally absorb CO2. That resulted in higher and higher CO2 emissions – the primary greenhouse gas in our atmosphere. The end result of this higher than normal accumulation of greenhouse gases is higher global temperature. A very warm ocean in the tropics where typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones are born is very conducive to the genesis of ferocious typhoons. The hotter the ocean with warm, moist air in the setting of low prevealing atmospheric pressure means a stronger disturbance. That is why you are seeing supertyphoons nowadays way well into December and developing closer to the equator..that is why their direction had changed. Instead of hitting farther north toward Luzon or Upper Visayas…they had been ravaging the southern part of the Philippines lately. Check out the recently concluded Doha conference called COP18 on Climate Change.

      • simondj

        if you try to google/search the frequency of earthquake ten years ago and compare it todays frequency all over the world it is more than 130% , means it increase by 30%..
        regards to the making of the storm, maybe it is true but it is the same, the storm becomes frequent and stronger.  

      • tamumd

        I dunno where you get your info….but if you check out the USGS ( United States Geological Survey) website, they have a tabulation of the number of earthquakes worldwide from 2000 to 2012. Early 2000 had more earthquake than 2012. Also the year when there were more 8-9 magnitude quakes is not the year when there are more earthquakes. Over this 12 year data, the year with the most quake was 2008 with a total of 31777 but without quake in the 8 or higher magnitude, whereas 2012 only had 16677 and had 2 magnitude 8 or higher. You can also check the Pacific Disaster Center..and they have a specific page that answers…”are earthquakes increasing in frequency”? Of course their answer is NO. It seems like it coz there are more monitoring devices installed worldwide now and again…the advent of the internet. This has nothing to do with some angry invisible deity or the sign of the end of time.

  • Malik62

    The Aquino-Cojuangco curse at work again.

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