The suspension of classes and work in the two Davao provinces would allow inspection teams to determine if the earthquake caused any damage to school facilities and government buildings.
Officials in the adjacent eastern seaboard province of Davao Oriental said they were assessing the extent of the damage the earthquake caused, said Governor Corazon Malanyaon.
In hard-hit Davao de Oro, the earthquake was felt at Intensity IV to Intensity V, especially in New Bataan, a first-class municipality with a population of over 51,000.
Its effects were strong enough to send people to outdoors.
Students and teachers fled classrooms and medical workers brought patients to open spaces, outside of a hospital.
The earthquake caused damage to homes and establishments. Photos and videos of objects shaking and fallen merchandise went viral on social media.
In a statement, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Maco town in Davao de Oro said the seawater receded, but eventually went back to its normal level.
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