Fact check: Magnitude 8.0 earthquake to hit Mindanao soon

Fact check: Magnitude 8.0 earthquake to hit Mindanao soon

- An online post claimed that a magnitude quake will strike Mindanao

- The claim came after a magnitude 6.4 quake rocked Tulunan, Cotabato

- However, it has been reported that the claim was false

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A social media post has claimed that a magnitude 8.0 earthquake will shake Mindanao following the recent magnitude 6.4 quake that jolted Tulunan, Cotabato.

However, KAMI learned that the claim was false.

In a report by Rappler, a Facebook page named “Ozamiz Spy” posted the claim on October 29.

“Prepare for the worst,” the caption read.

“Mati, Davao, Tulunan, Sarangani, and Zamboanga fault lines can generate up to 8 magnitude earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks. Please be ready at all costs, it was been (sic) proven by Digos veteran seismologists,” it said in the post. It also claimed that it was the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) that made the announcement.

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As reported by Rappler, the NDRRMC did not make an announcement about the alleged magnitude 8.0 earthquake that will hit Mindanao.

However, the NDRRMC has warned about social media pages and text messages that are hoaxes and should not be believed.

“The NDRRMC does not send messages of that sort. Currently, there is no technology that allows the prediction of earthquakes. Your NDRRMC will NEVER send baseless messages that will only spread fear among our people,” NDRRMC said.

“The NDRRM Operations Center did not receive such advisory from Phivolcs nor did the Council request transmission of the same by the telcos to their subscribers,” it added.

Fact check: Magnitude 8.0 earthquake to hit Mindanao soon

Screenshot from NDRRMC's official website
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