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CAAP reports minor damage to General Santos Airport following 6.8 magnitude earthquake

AviationUpdatesPH.com – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reported that the General Santos Airport sustained minor damages following a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck Davao Occidental earlier today.

According to General Santos Airport Manager Joel Gavina, hairline cracks were observed on some of the airport’s columns. However, the airport’s control tower remained operational and was able to clear the departure of two commercial flights.

“Fortunately, all passengers and employees are safe and accounted for. No injuries were reported,” Gavina said.

Meanwhile, Davao International Airport, Cotabato Airport, and Mati Airport reported no damages in their facilities, CAAP Director General Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo confirmed.

The earthquake struck Davao Occidental at around 4:14 PM today, November 17, 2023. It was also felt in other parts of Mindanao, including Sarangani.

CAAP Operations Center and Airport Safety Officers, as well as airport engineers are continuously monitoring the status of the airports in view of possible aftershocks.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has advised residents in affected areas to remain vigilant and to take precautionary measures against possible aftershocks.

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