Major magnitude 8.0 earthquake - Philippines Sea, 77 km southeast of Mati, Philippines, on Saturday, 2 December 1972 at 00:19 (GMT)

Major magnitude 8.0 earthquake - Philippines Sea, 77 km southeast of Mati, Philippines, on Saturday, 2 December 1972 at 00:19 (GMT)

Major magnitude 8.0 earthquake at 60 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: 2 Dec 1972 00:19:52 UTC
Magnitude: 8
Depth: 60.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.405°N / 126.64°E (Philippines Sea, Philippines)
Nearest volcano: Leonard Range (127 km / 79 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
51 km (32 mi) E of Pondaguitan (pop: 2,140) --> See nearby quakes!
64 km (40 mi) ESE of Tibanbang (pop: 7,840) --> See nearby quakes!
77 km (48 mi) SE of Mati (pop: 105,900) --> See nearby quakes!
77 km (48 mi) SE of San Isidro (Davao Oriental) (pop: 9,710) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (55 mi) SE of Lupon (Davao Oriental) (pop: 27,200) --> See nearby quakes!
91 km (56 mi) S of Manay (pop: 20,300) --> See nearby quakes!
136 km (84 mi) ESE of Davao City (pop: 1,212,500) --> See nearby quakes!
146 km (91 mi) SE of Panabo (pop: 84,700) --> See nearby quakes!
147 km (91 mi) ESE of Digos (pop: 116,100) --> See nearby quakes!
148 km (92 mi) SE of Magugpo Poblacion (pop: 233,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1016 joules (17527 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.5 x 107 tons of TNT or 942.5 atomic bombs!) More info
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8.060 kmMindanao, PhilippinesUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (295 quakes):
  • 03 Dec 1975 17:06 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    69 km (42.9 mi) depth
    |
    322 km (200 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Dec 1975 23:22 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    170 km (105.6 mi) depth
    |
    386 km (240 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Dec 1975 18:34 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    328 km (203.8 mi) depth
    |
    318 km (198 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    14056 km (8734 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 26 Nov 1975 11:40 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    124 km (77.1 mi) depth
    |
    123 km (77 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Nov 1975 02:34 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    74 km (46 mi) depth
    |
    186 km (115 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Nov 1975 06:00 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    92 km (57.2 mi) depth
    |
    271 km (168 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 14 Nov 1975 18:53 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    85 km (52.8 mi) depth
    |
    271 km (168 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Nov 1975 12:46 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    66 km (41 mi) depth
    |
    275 km (171 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Nov 1975 10:15 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    64 km (39.8 mi) depth
    |
    282 km (175 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Nov 1975 04:45 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    72 km (44.7 mi) depth
    |
    287 km (178 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Nov 1975 01:59 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    95 km (59 mi) depth
    |
    261 km (162 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Nov 1975 17:57 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    68 km (42.3 mi) depth
    |
    291 km (181 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Nov 1975 17:23 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    36 km (22.4 mi) depth
    |
    281 km (175 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Nov 1975 15:52 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    114 km (70.8 mi) depth
    |
    279 km (173 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Nov 1975 13:37 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    32 km (19.9 mi) depth
    |
    274 km (170 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
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