Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - Philippines Sea, 9.1 km northwest of Puyo Island, Philippines, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 2:53 pm (GMT +8) -
Light magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 100 km depth
20 Jan 07:09 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 16 minutes.
20 Jan 07:37: Magnitude recalculated from 4.2 to 4.9. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 39.0 to 95.0 km (from 24 to 59 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 24 km (15 mi) towards W.
20 Jan 07:56: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 95.0 to 100.0 km (from 59 to 62 mi).
20 Jan 08:29: Epicenter location corrected by 6.2 km (3.9 mi) towards SW.
Update Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 07:15Light magnitude 4.2 quake hits 32 km northeast of Loreto, Philippines early afternoon
4.2 quake 20 Jan 2:53 pm (GMT +8)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 occurred only 22 minutes ago 32 km northeast of Loreto, Philippines, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.
The quake hit at a moderately shallow depth of 39 km beneath the epicenter near Loreto, Dinagat Islands, Caraga, early afternoon on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 2:53 pm local time. 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.
A second report was later issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), which listed it as a magnitude 4.2 earthquake as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Loreto (pop. 5,400) located 32 km from the epicenter, Loreto (pop. 5,400) 32 km away, Loreto (pop. 5,400) 32 km away, Loreto (pop. 5,400) 32 km away, Loreto (pop. 5,400) 32 km away, Sulangan (pop. 3,000) 45 km away, Guiuan (pop. 11,000) 57 km away, and Surigao City (pop. 87,800) 89 km away.
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Date & time: 20 Jan 2021 06:53:12 UTC -
Local time at epicenter:
Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 2:53 pm (GMT +8)
Depth: 100.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 10.45°N / 125.55°E
Nearest volcano: Cabalian
(70 km / 43 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:10 km (6 mi) NNW of Loreto
(pop: 5,400) --> See nearby quakes!35 km (21 mi) ENE of Hinundayan
(pop: 2,690) --> See nearby quakes!68 km (42 mi) ESE of Abuyog (Leyte)
(pop: 15,600) --> See nearby quakes!74 km (46 mi) N of Surigao City
(pop: 87,800) --> See nearby quakes!85 km (53 mi) ENE of Maasin (Southern Leyte)
(pop: 18,300) --> See nearby quakes!86 km (53 mi) ESE of Baybay City (Leyte)
(pop: 17,700) --> See nearby quakes!94 km (58 mi) SE of Tanauan (Leyte)
(pop: 16,600) --> See nearby quakes!100 km (62 mi) SE of Palo (Leyte)
(pop: 17,500) --> See nearby quakes!182 km (113 mi) E of Cebu City
(pop: 798,600) --> See nearby quakes!678 km (421 mi) SE of Manila
(pop: 1,600,000) --> See nearby quakes!89 km (55 mi) ESE of Leyte Island
(pop: 2,388,500) --> See nearby quakes!197 km (123 mi) E of Cebu Island
(pop: 4,164,500) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 28.1°C
(83 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from S
Primary data source: EMSC
(European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
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||1 km||LEYTE, PHILIPPINES||EMSC|
|4.3||45 km||033 Km S 13° E of Homonhon Island (Guiuan) (Eastern Samar), Philippines||PHIVOLCS|
|4.9||88 km||14 Km N of Loreto, Philippines||USGS|
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Cagayan de Oro City (240.4 km SSW of epicenter) [Map]
/ Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I felt weak shaking and my water was shaking weak (reported through our app)
Siargao / Light shaking (MMI IV)
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