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NDRRMC: At least 6 dead, 93 injured in Mindanao earthquake

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) The NDRRMC reports 1,699 infrastructure damaged following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Cotabato

A house in Barangay Malawanit in the town of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur is partially damaged following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on October 16, 2019. Rappler file photo

Magnitude 5 aftershock strikes Cotabato

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:49 AM

This is an aftershock of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the same area and affected parts of Mindanao on October 16

AFTERSHOCK. A moderate magnitude 5 aftershock strikes Tulunan in Cotabato on October 19,2019. Image from Phivolcs

California unveils early warning earthquake app

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The app uses ground motion sensors located across California to detect the start of earthquakes before humans can feel them

MYSHAKE. A person checks the "MyShake" app on their smartphone, which hopes to alert residents within seconds of a possible impending earthquake. Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP


Businesses thank responding firefighters with freebies after mall fire

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:08 PM

General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera says the earthquake is a reminder that a lot has to be done to improve the city's disaster preparedness and resiliency against natural and man-made calamities

IN PHOTOS: Mindanao earthquake's trail of damage

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Local officials in affected areas are still assessing the total cost of the damage inflicted by the magnitude 6.3 earthquake

A resident walks past debris from a partially damaged building on October 17, 2019, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Digos, Davao del Sur on October 16. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFP

At least 5 dead, dozens injured in Mindanao earthquake

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The fatalities include a mother and her baby in Maysaysay town, Davao del Sur, near the earthquake's epicenter

CASUALTIES. Residents cover the bodies of Argen Lakay and her 10-month old baby in Barangay Malawanit in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Rappler file photo

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Thursday, October 17, 2019

Oct 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Thursday, October 17, 2019, due to a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Cotabato

1 dead as magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits Cotabato

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:06 PM

(4th UPDATE) Local officials say a child died in a house collapse in the town of Datu Paglas, Maguindanao

EVACUATION. A number of people were rushed to the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital in Digos City due to various injuries from fallen objects. Others also suffered hypertension, or panicked and fainted. Contributed photo from Nilo Cobrado

Fake news sparks panic among Indonesian earthquake victims

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Fears about aftershocks are aggravated by a stream of hoaxes and fake news – mostly on WhatsApp and other messaging services – warning a tsunami-generating quake was about to strike

EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS. People gather outdoors at Batu Merah village in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Tusnita/AFP

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 30 – gov't

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Among the confirmed dead are 3 young children, with many people killed by falling debris in and around quake-struck Ambon City

DAMAGED. Several homes are damaged in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocks parts of Mindanao

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Phivolcs says there is no damage expected from the earthquake in Mindanao on Sunday, September 29, but there are aftershocks

Indonesia marks 1 year since deadly quake-tsunami disaster

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide

Indonesia earthquake death toll lowered to 19 – disaster agency

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:05 PM

National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo says the death toll has been lowered after officials realized some of the deceased has been double-counted

AFTERMATH. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on September 27, 2019 shows damaged homes in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on September 26. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNPB)

Infant among at least 20 killed in Indonesian earthquake – officials

Sep 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Initial reports say the earthquake struck offshore, but later analysis finds it hit onshore, raising the potential for damage

EARTHQUAKE. People help an injured woman in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, on September 26, 2019, following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019.  Photo by Aisyah Putri/AFP

Death toll in Pakistan earthquake climbs to 22 as rescuers assess damage

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:47 PM

The Pakistan military continues to lead search and rescue operations with fears growing the death toll may jump again

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE. A Pakistani man takes care of his injured children at a hospital in Mirpur on September 25, 2019 following an earthquake. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

19 killed, dozens wounded as Pakistan jolted by shallow magnitude 5.2 quake

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The quake sent people in cities across the country running into the streets, as cars near the epicenter were wedged in between massive cracks that ripped apart roads while other vehicles were upended by the tremor

Strong earthquake strikes off Puerto Rico – USGS

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The quake struck 62 kilometers northwest of San Antonio at 11:23 pm local time at a depth of 10km, the USGS says

IN PHOTOS: Evacuations follow magnitude 5.5 earthquake in Luzon

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:26 PM

The magnitude 5.5 earthquake recorded in Burdeos, Quezon prompts evacuations in parts of Metro Manila

Students of the Lopez Jaena Elementary School in Manila evacuate with helmets after a magnitude 5.5 earthquake on September 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits Quezon

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says damage and aftershocks are expected

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocks Davao Oriental

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The latest tremor in Davao Oriental is the 5th major temblor to shake the province since a magnitude 7.2 quake in December 2018

Rappler Talk: Earthquakes and hazards in the Philippines

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Rappler talks to National Institute of Geological Sciences' Mario Aurelio about how vulnerable the country is to earthquakes

IN PHOTOS: Ormoc City kicks off 3rd nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The 3rd quarter NSED in Ormoc City simulates the impact of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake

PREPARED. The Abuyog Community College in Leyte participates in the 3rd quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill headed by the Abuyog MDRRMO at the ACC ground on Thursday, August 8. Photo by Jessica Alvero/ Rappler

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake jolts Taiwan

Aug 08, 2019 - 6:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The quake struck at 5:28 am local time at a depth of 10 kilometers in northeastern Yilan county. High-rises swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep.

JOLTED. File photo of the Taipei skyline dominated by skyscraper Taipei 101 building. Photo by JomNicha/Shutterstock

NCAA donates P100,000 to Batanes earthquake victims

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:10 PM

'This time, as one family, the NCAA is extending its assistance to help Batanes,' says NCAA Management Committee chairman Peter Cayco

AFTERMATH. Residents demolish their houses destroyed by a series of earthquakes in Itbayat Island, Batanes on July 29, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits northeastern Japan, no tsunami threat

Aug 04, 2019 - 7:41 PM

The earthquake jolts large areas in the region at 7:23 pm with its epicenter located 54 kilometer east of Namie in eastern Fukushima, according to the US Geological Survey

5 dead, several injured after powerful quake rocks Indonesia

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) Officials say over 1,000 people who had earlier evacuated have since returned home

EVACUATION. Resident stand outside an apartment block after a strong earthquake hit the area around Jakarta on August 2, 2019. Photo by Dessy Sagita/AFP

Indonesia lifts tsunami warning after powerful quake off Java

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Panicked residents flee their homes, but there are no immediate reports of casualties following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake

EVACUATION. Resident stand outside an apartment block after a strong earthquake hit the area around Jakarta on August 2, 2019. Photo by Dessy Sagita/AFP

Robredo’s Angat Buhay program gives P1.5-M aid to Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says there is a need to redesign the houses and structures in Batanes, which were built to withstand typhoons but not strong earthquakes

P1.5-MILLION AID. Vice President Leni Robredo brings several relief goods to benefit Batanes residents affedted by the earthquakes last weekend. All photos by Marvin Bautista/OVP

China gives P10-M donation to Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:43 PM

The Chinese government expresses its 'deepest sympathies and condolences' to the families affected by the twin earthquakes

HOMES LOST. Residents demolish their houses destroyed by a series of earthquakes in Itbayat Island, Batanes on July 29, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

An Ivatan grandmother's struggle through tremors and trauma

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Eudosia Entela, 71, saved her daughter and her 4 grandchildren from an earthquake. Now, she fights her own grief and trauma to be strong for her family.

SURVIVING. Eudosia Entela saved her daughter Nizea and her 4 grandchildren from the twin earthquakes that struck Itbayat, Batanes, on July 27, 2019. Rappler Screenshot

10 schools affected by Batanes earthquakes

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:05 PM

From the 10 schools, two people died and 27 others were injured, says the Department of Education

Aerial photo shows the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake that hit Batanes recently. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas and a situation briefing with members of his cabinet and local government officials at the Basco Airport on July 28, 2019 to discuss disaster response measures in the aftermath of the earthquake. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House to raise at least P1.5 million for Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:31 AM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez says every lawmaker will donate a minimum of P5,000 from his or her salary, but some have pledged as much as P100,000 each

AID FOR VICTIMS. Relatives pray over the body of their loved one, who was killed by a landslide caused by the series of earthquakes at Itbayat Island, Batanes on July 29, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Local artists raise funds for Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Batanes artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs organize a fund-raising concert to help their fellow Ivatans

FOR THE KAHILYAN. Batanes musicians called for donations through a fund-raising concert on Sunday, July 29 at the Rizal Park grounds in Basco, Batanes. Photo grabbed from Creative Hub's facebook page.

Filipino photographers sell prints to raise funds for Batanes

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:47 PM

All proceeds from the sale will be given to families in Itbayat who have been affected by the twin earthquakes

This handout picture taken and received on July 27, 2019 courtesy of Dominic De Sagon Asa shows the damage to the Sta Maria de Mayan Church after a pair of strong earthquakes of magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 struck the region within hours of each other, in Itbayat on Batanes island. Photo by Dominic De Sagon Asa/AFP

Death toll from Batanes earthquakes rises to 9

Jul 29, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Disaster responders find the body of Edwin Ponce, 32, in a collapsed cave-like structure on the outskirts of Itbayat town

DEATH TOLL RISES. Retrievers prepare to carry the body of Edwin Ponce after it was retrieved on July 29. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

#ReliefPH: How you can help those affected by the Batanes earthquakes

Jul 29, 2019 - 3:42 PM

People affected by the recent Batanes earthquakes need your support. This page shows how you can help.

Duterte promises P40 million for earthquake-hit Batanes

Jul 28, 2019 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte, on a visit to Batanes, says the money will be for the construction of a new hospital

President Rodrigo Duterte visits Batanes on July 28 after the province was hit by two earthquakes. Photo from Senator Bong Go

Relief goods ready for Batanes earthquake victims – DSWD

Jul 27, 2019 - 8:51 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is ready to airlift additional relief supplies to Itbayat, the hardest-hit town

EVACUEES. Residents of Santa Maria in Itbayat, Batanes have evacuated to the plaza after the series of earthquakes on July 27, 2019. Photo by Analyn Dita Nico

MMDA chair says #MMShakeDrill 2019 shows 'effective' response to disaster

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:27 PM

'I'm confident that with this kind of equipment, training and people, we would be very able to respond effectively,' says MMDA chief Danilo Lim

MMDA Chairman Danny Lim leads the 5th Metro Manila Shake Drill held at MMDA Headquarter in Guadalupe on 27 July 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: MMDA conducts 2019 #MMShakeDrill in the dark

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Earthquake drill participants deal with the challenge of simulating rescue and response in the dark and at a time when most people are still asleep

Rescue personnel respond and apply first aid to mock victims at the various scenario in case "the Big One" strikes Metro Manila during the 5th Metro Manila Shake Drill in Pasig City on Saturday, July 27. Photo by Ben Nabong

LOOK: Itbayat church, ancestral homes damaged in Batanes earthquake

Jul 27, 2019 - 9:22 AM

(4th UPDATE) Among the damaged structures is the historic Sta Maria de Mayan Church in Itbayat

DAMAGED. The Sta Maria de Mayan Church, built in 1888, is badly damaged by the strong earthquake that struck Batanes on July 27, 2019. Photo from PIA Region 2

At least 8 dead in Batanes earthquakes

Jul 27, 2019 - 8:22 AM

(8th UPDATE) Aftershocks are felt in Batanes, as well as a stronger magnitude 5.9 earthquake 3 hours after the tremor that caused more structures to be damaged

RUBBLE. Itbayat residents gather around a quake-wrecked house where a lifelfess man was pulled out. Photo from PIA Region 2

Metro Manila residents on pre-dawn #MMShakeDrill: 'What a wake-up call'

Jul 27, 2019 - 7:24 AM

Online, Metro Manila residents have mixed reactions to the early earthquake drill. Some appreciated the realistic timing while others criticized the MMDA for rousing them from sleep.

[OPINION] The Baguio metanarrative

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The July 16 earthquake that struck Baguio 29 years ago is a story without a background. You cannot be prepared for this one.

FAST FACTS: The 1990 Luzon earthquake

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:29 AM

July 16, 2019 marks the 29th year since the 1990 Luzon earthquake

1 dies, hundreds evacuate after magnitude 7.3 quake in Indonesia

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:12 PM

(UPDATED) Residents evacuate to the streets and higher grounds despite no issued tsunami warning

SCARED. Indonesians stay out of their homes following a magnitude 7.3 earthquake in Labuha, North Maluku on July 14, 2019. AFP Photo

51 injured as earthquake rocks Surigao del Sur

Jul 13, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) A magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes the northeast coast of Mindanao, sending terrified residents fleeing their homes

#MMShakeDrill 2019 set for early hours of July 27

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:16 PM

The annual earthquake drill will start as early as 4 am 'when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep' to test the response capabilities and preparedness of local government units and the private sector

COVER. Quezon City Hall employees join the 4th Nationwide "Shake Drill" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, during National Disaster Resilience Month. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits North Cotabato

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

(UPDATED) The earthquake is strongly felt in Makilala town in North Cotabato, Kidapawan City, Koronadal City, and Santa Cruz in Davao del Sur

Image from Phivolcs

Indonesia cancels tsunami alert after strong earthquake

Jul 07, 2019 - 11:46 PM

(4th UPDATE) The magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Sunday, July 7, prompts residents to flee to higher ground