Devastating Series Of Earthquakes Hit Parts Of Mindanao

Devastating series of earthquakes struck parts of Mindanao, particularly the town of Tulunan and Makilala North Cotabato as the epicenter. The powerful earthquake took the life of a few people and caused significant damage to property, making residents tremble in fear every time aftershocks occur.

Magnitude 5.0

November 1, 2019, at 2:07 pm Friday, a magnitude of 5.0 earthquake once again hit North Cotabato, particularly in the town of Makilala. Vice Mayor Ryan Tabanay of Makilala town in Cotabato appealed for help asking for tarps/tents, food, and water.

Rappler Eva’s hotel in  Kidapawan

Magnitude 6.5

October 31, at 9:11  Thursday morning, a 6.5  magnitude earthquake hit Tulunan, a town very close to the municipality of Makilala, North Cotabato. 

According to their updated earthquake bulletin, Phivolcs said the magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit 28 kilometers northeast of Tulunan.

Images of Eva hotel in Kidapawan City nearly collapse,  and the 4000 condominium in ECO LAND Davao who acquired extensive damaged on its facade due to this disastrous earthquake.

Rappler  Facade of the 4000 Condominium in ECO LAND Davao
Rappler  Facade of the 4000 Condominium in ECO LAND Davao

Several buildings were also affected in other parts of Davao.

Rappler Digos City, Davao del Sur

The 6.5 magnitude earthquakes that knocked North Cotabato and nearby areas were tectonic in origin and had a depths of 6 kilometers.

Rappler A split pathway after a magnitude of 6.6 earthquakes struck in Central Mindanao.

Magnitude 6.6

On October 29, at 9:04 in the morning, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck following to the first 6.3 magnitude earthquake.  The earthquake’s epicenter was tracked 26 kilometers in Tulunan, North Cotabato. Two weeks after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same area, causing a total of 7 deaths and 215 injured.

Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN Region), which includes Cotabato, is one of the seismically active regions in the country because of the presence of several active faults in the area,” Phivolcs explained.

These active faults that affect North Cotabato are M’lang fault, Makilala to Malungon fault, North and South Columbio fault, and the Cotabato to Sindangan fault.

Cotabato Trench is also a major source of earthquakes that can affect the region. In addition, there are other nearby local faults and could be sources of small to strong magnitude earthquakes,” Phivolcs added.“It was of tectonic origin, with the depth of focus only six kilometers underground,” the PHIVOLCS said.


This gym who served as a shelter for patients from Roldan Medical Clinic and Hospital after the magnitude of 6.3 earthquakes, hit North Cotabato two weeks ago is now partially damaged.


From 16 up to 27 October 2019, a total of 870 aftershocks of the Magnitude 6.3 EQ were recorded. Of which, 468 were plotted and 53 were felt, ranging from magnitude 1.5 to 5.5 and Intensity of I to VII.- DOST-PHIVOLCS


Magnitude 6.3

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit North Cotabato last Wednesday, October 16, 2019, occurred at 7:37 in the evening approximately 22 kilometers southeast of Tulunan town and had a depth of 15 km also causes severe damaged to property.

Rappler A residence in the town of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, destroyed following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake last October 16, 2019.
ABS CBN NEWS Cor Jesus College in Digos City, Davao del Sur, damaged following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Thursday, October 16, 2019.