More than 100 aftershocks follow 5.6 earthquake in Makilala

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MORE THAN 100 aftershocks were recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) following the magnitude 5.6 earthquake that rocked parts of Mindanao at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. The strongest aftershock came about 12 hours later on Wednesday morning, with a 4.9 magnitude. The Tuesday evening tremor’s epicenter was in Makilala town in Cotabato province, but various intensity levels were recorded as far west as Zamboanga City, Davao City towards the east, and Bukidnon in the north. Classes and government work in several towns in Cotabato were cancelled on Wednesday as authorities checked on buildings and other infrastructure. Damage in some houses, schools, commercial properties, and other buildings were reported.