Phivolcs warns public against fake news after a powerful quake struck Davao region

Phivolcs warns public against fake news after a powerful quake struck Davao region

December 15, 2019 14 By Mindanao Sun
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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Phivolcs has to ward off fake news while monitoring the aftershocks hours after a powerful earthquake struck Davao region Sunday.

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake, which epicenter near Padada, Davao del Sur, struck at around 2:11 p.m. Sunday.

Initial reports said the powerful earthquake had killed at least one and injured four others. It had damaged several homes and shopping centers.

In a media interview, Matanao Mayor Vincent Fernandez said a six-year-old girl had died when a wall collapsed on her.

The earthquake had also damaged the two-storey municipal hall, he said.

Another three-storey building in Padada, Davao del Sur had also collapsed, the Office of the Civil Defense reported.

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Meanwhile, Phivolcs, chief Renato Solidum, Jr. convened the Phivolcs Quick Response Team to closely monitor possible aftershocks.

Phivolcs took exception to the news from “unconfirmed and unreliable source” making rounds in social media.

In a tweet, it called on the public not to fall prey from fake news.

For reliable information, it urged the public to visit their site, phivolcs.dost.gov.ph. (Mindanao Sun/ Featured Image: Arjon Rebortera/Leighton Angcan)

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