Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - South China Sea, 60 km southwest of Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines, on Friday, 29 Jan 2021 1:12 pm (GMT +8) -

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - South China Sea, 60 km southwest of Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines, on Friday, 29 Jan 2021 1:12 pm (GMT +8)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

29 Jan 05:25 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 13 minutes.
Update Fri, 29 Jan 2021, 05:30
Moderate 4.9 quake hits near Batangas City, Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines
4.9 quake 29 Jan 1:12 pm (GMT +8)
4.9 quake 29 Jan 1:12 pm (GMT +8)
A shallow magnitude 4.9 earthquake was reported around noon near Batangas City, Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Friday 29 January 2021 at 1:12 pm local time 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.9 earthquake as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.9.
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 Paluan (pop. 4,500) located 16 km from the epicenter, and Mamburao (pop. 23,900) 33 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Balayan (pop. 50,100) located 50 km from the epicenter, Balayan (pop. 50,100) 50 km away, Batangas City (pop. 237,400) 60 km away, Nasugbu (pop. 62,900) 61 km away, Calapan (pop. 66,000) 68 km away, Lipa City (pop. 212,300) 80 km away, and Dasmariñas (pop. 441,900) 99 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 29 Jan 2021 05:12:18 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 29 Jan 2021 1:12 pm (GMT +8)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.52°N / 120.56°E (South China Sea, Philippines)
Nearest volcano: Taal (71 km / 44 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
16 km (10 mi) NE of Paluan (Occidental Mindoro) (pop: 4,550) --> See nearby quakes!
33 km (21 mi) N of Mamburao (Occidental Mindoro) (pop: 23,900) --> See nearby quakes!
36 km (22 mi) SSW of Calatagan (pop: 16,100) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) SSW of Balayan (Batangas) (pop: 50,100) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) SSW of Balayan (pop: 50,100) --> See nearby quakes!
60 km (37 mi) WSW of Batangas (pop: 237,400) --> See nearby quakes!
61 km (38 mi) S of Nasugbu (pop: 62,900) --> See nearby quakes!
80 km (50 mi) SW of Lipa City (pop: 212,300) --> See nearby quakes!
99 km (61 mi) SSW of Dasmariñas (pop: 441,900) --> See nearby quakes!
129 km (80 mi) SSW of Manila (pop: 1,600,000) --> See nearby quakes!
87 km (54 mi) NW of Mindoro Island (pop: 1,331,500) --> See nearby quakes!
209 km (130 mi) SW of Polillo Island (pop: 30,600) --> See nearby quakes!
226 km (140 mi) NW of Boracay Island (pop: 2,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 27.2°C (81 F), humidity: 60%, wind: 11 m/s (22 kts) from E
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 tons of TNT) More info
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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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
4.910 kmMindoro, PhilippinesGFZ
4.920 kmMINDORO, PHILIPPINESEMSC
4.914 km035 Km N 72° W of Paluan (Occidental Mindoro), PhilippinesPHIVOLCS
4.921 km14 Km ENE of Harrison, PhilippinesUSGS
4.7187 kmMindoro, PhilippinesBMKG

User reports for this quake (15)

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106.3 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Manila / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Santa Rosa (96.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
pasig city / Weak shaking (MMI III) / very short
Lemery batangas philippines / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
Muntinlupa City / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Makati City, Metro Manila (127.1 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
rosario cavite / Light shaking (MMI IV)
molino bacoor near dasmarinas cavite / Light shaking (MMI IV) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 5-10 s
makati city / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s
ermita / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging : i was surfing the internet, then suddenly, i felt shaking sideways.  
Lemery batangas / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
101.9 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
150.7 km N of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
86 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short (reported through our app)
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