Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - 3 km south of Talacogon, Province of Agusan del Sur, Caraga, Philippines, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 9:28 am (GMT +8) -
Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 10 km depth
20 Jan 01:35 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 7 minutes.
20 Jan 01:40: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 4.9. Epicenter location corrected by 34 km (21 mi) towards N.
Update Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 01:39Light earthquake of magnitude 4.8 just reported 26 km northwest of Veruela, Philippines
4.8 quake 20 Jan 9:28 am (GMT +8)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred in the morning on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 9:28 am local time near Veruela, Agusan del Sur, Caraga, Philippines, as reported by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Binucayan (pop. 2,900) located 13 km from the epicenter, Loreto (pop. 5,700) 15 km away, La Paz (pop. 3,600) 17 km away, and Veruela (pop. 18,100) 26 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Bunawan (pop. 15,500) located 29 km from the epicenter, Talacogon (pop. 15,600) 37 km away, Trento (pop. 15,900) 38 km away, Monkayo (pop. 51,400) 50 km away, and Butuan (pop. 309,700) 93 km away.
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Date & time: 20 Jan 2021 01:28:08 UTC -
Local time at epicenter:
Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 9:28 am (GMT +8)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.43°N / 125.79°E
(Province of Agusan del Sur
Nearest volcano: Musuan
(101 km / 63 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:3 km (2 mi) SSE of Talacogon
(pop: 15,600) --> See nearby quakes!21 km (13 mi) SW of San Francisco (Agusan del Sur)
(pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!24 km (15 mi) SW of Bah-Bah (Agusan del Sur)
(pop: 28,600) --> See nearby quakes!36 km (23 mi) S of Bayugan
(pop: 40,600) --> See nearby quakes!37 km (23 mi) NW of Bunawan (Agusan del Sur)
(pop: 15,500) --> See nearby quakes!44 km (27 mi) NNW of Veruela (Agusan del Sur)
(pop: 18,100) --> See nearby quakes!63 km (39 mi) WNW of Bislig City
(pop: 67,600) --> See nearby quakes!64 km (40 mi) SSE of Butuan
(pop: 309,700) --> See nearby quakes!65 km (41 mi) SSE of Libertad
(pop: 250,400) --> See nearby quakes!864 km (537 mi) SE of Manila (National Capital Region)
(pop: 1,600,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 28.7°C
(84 F), humidity: 71%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from S
Primary data source: BMKG
(Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012
joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 tons of TNT) More info
Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies
Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
|4.9||10 km||Mindanao, Philippines||BMKG|
|4.7||15 km||011 Km N 49° E of Remedios T. Romualdez (Agusan Del Norte), Philippines||PHIVOLCS|
|4.7||10 km||MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES||EMSC|
|4.7||10 km||2 Km NE of Balangbalang, Philippines||USGS|
User reports for this quake (2)
Bayugan city,agusan del sur / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Butuan City / Light shaking (MMI IV)
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