Very strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - 16 km southwest of Catarman, Northern Samar, Eastern Visayas, Philippines, on Thursday, November 17, 1988 at 06:55 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - 16 km southwest of Catarman, Northern Samar, Eastern Visayas, Philippines, on Thursday, November 17, 1988 at 06:55 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake at 19 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Nov 17, 1988 06:55:46 UTC
Magnitude: 6.6
Depth: 19.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 12.399°N / 124.537°E (Northern Samar, Eastern Visayas, Philippines)
Antipode: 12.399°S / 55.463°W
Nearest volcano: Gate Mountains (63 km / 39 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
16 km (10 mi) SW of Catarman (pop: 47,400) --> See nearby quakes!
38 km (23 mi) N of Calbayog City (pop: 67,900) --> See nearby quakes!
55 km (34 mi) WSW of Laoang (Northern Samar) (pop: 16,700) --> See nearby quakes!
64 km (40 mi) ESE of Irosin (Bicol) (pop: 20,700) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (48 mi) ESE of Bulan (Sorsogon, Bicol) (pop: 28,500) --> See nearby quakes!
79 km (49 mi) NNW of Catbalogan (pop: 68,100) --> See nearby quakes!
87 km (54 mi) SE of Sorsogon (Bicol) (pop: 82,700) --> See nearby quakes!
99 km (62 mi) E of Masbate (Bicol) (pop: 47,500) --> See nearby quakes!
259 km (161 mi) NE of Bacolod City (Western Visayas) (pop: 454,900) --> See nearby quakes!
456 km (283 mi) ESE of Manila (National Capital Region) (pop: 1,600,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1014 joules (139 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.2 x 105 tons of TNT or 7.5 atomic bombs!) More info
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6.619 kmSamar, PhilippinesUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (8 quakes)

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33 years ago

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Feb 2, 1989 02:18
33 years ago

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Jan 9, 1989 05:26
33 years ago

33 km
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Dec 28, 1988 05:53
33 years ago

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Dec 4, 1988 08:29
33 years ago

33 km
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Nov 24, 1988 04:25
33 years ago

33 km
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Nov 22, 1988 04:35
33 years ago

33 km
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Nov 20, 1988 20:15
33 years ago

60 km
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