Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Sulu Sea, 53 km southwest of San Jose, Philippines, on Tuesday, 9 Feb 2021 7:24 am (GMT +8) -

Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Sulu Sea, 53 km southwest of San Jose, Philippines, on Tuesday, 9 Feb 2021 7:24 am (GMT +8)

Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

8 Feb 23:34 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
9 Feb 08:16: Magnitude recalculated from 4.9 to 5.0. Epicenter location corrected by 2.5 km (1.5 mi) towards NNE.
Update Mon, 8 Feb 2021, 23:39
Moderate 4.9 quake hits near San Jose, Mindoro Occidental, Mimaropa, Philippines
4.9 quake 9 Feb 7:24 am (GMT +8)
4.9 quake 9 Feb 7:24 am (GMT +8)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 occurred in the morning on Tuesday 9 February 2021 at 7:24 am local time near San Jose, Mindoro Occidental, Mimaropa, Philippines, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.9 as well. A third agency, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.8.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Caminauit (pop. 11,200) located 55 km from the epicenter, San Jose (pop. 118,800) 56 km away, Bagong Sikat (pop. 5,500) 57 km away, Magsaysay (pop. 9,400) 60 km away, Coron (pop. 8,700) 64 km away, Calintaan (pop. 11,500) 73 km away, Bulalacao (pop. 12,000) 75 km away, and Mansalay (pop. 23,000) 96 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 8 Feb 2021 23:24:40 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Tuesday, 9 Feb 2021 7:24 am (GMT +8)
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 11.95°N / 120.8°E (Sulu Sea, Philippines)
Nearest volcano: Taal (232 km / 144 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
48 km (30 mi) SW of Santa Teresa (pop: 3,180) --> See nearby quakes!
52 km (33 mi) SW of Caminauit (Occidental Mindoro) (pop: 11,200) --> See nearby quakes!
53 km (33 mi) SSW of San Jose (pop: 118,800) --> See nearby quakes!
65 km (40 mi) E of Coron (Palawan) (pop: 8,720) --> See nearby quakes!
70 km (44 mi) S of Calintaan (Occidental Mindoro) (pop: 11,500) --> See nearby quakes!
72 km (45 mi) SW of Bulalacao (pop: 12,000) --> See nearby quakes!
94 km (58 mi) SW of Mansalay (Oriental Mindoro) (pop: 23,000) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) S of Sablayan (pop: 38,400) --> See nearby quakes!
238 km (148 mi) NW of Iloilo City (pop: 387,700) --> See nearby quakes!
296 km (184 mi) S of Manila (pop: 1,600,000) --> See nearby quakes!
114 km (71 mi) SSW of Mindoro Island (pop: 1,331,500) --> See nearby quakes!
329 km (205 mi) NW of of Negros Island (pop: 4,414,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 26.9°C (80 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 11 m/s (22 kts) from ENE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 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.
5.010 kmPalawan, PhilippinesGFZ
5.023 km063 Km S 38° W of San Jose (Occidental Mindoro), PhilippinesPHIVOLCS
5.010 km48 Km SW of Santa Teresa, PhilippinesUSGS
5.165 kmPalawan, PhilippinesGeoAu

User reports for this quake (5)

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Angono (288.4 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : I was awake and then it felt like someone pushed me or the bed, i thought i was the one who made that movement but no (reported through our app)  
274.2 km N of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
256.1 km N of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
376.6 km N of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Culasi, Antique / Weak shaking (MMI III)
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (9 quakes):
  • 19 Mar 2021 20:51 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    19 km (11.8 mi) depth
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | PHIVOLCS | Details
  • 08 Mar 2021 14:07 UTC
    | M 2.9 |
    26 km (16.2 mi) depth
    9 km (5 mi) distance
    | PHIVOLCS | Details
  • 08 Mar 2021 11:38 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    25 km (15.5 mi) depth
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | PHIVOLCS | Details
  • 26 Feb 2021 21:10 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    14 km (8.7 mi) depth
    7 km (5 mi) distance
    | PHIVOLCS | Details
  • 15 Feb 2021 19:33 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | PHIVOLCS | Details
  • 13 Feb 2021 23:24 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    28 km (17.4 mi) depth
    17 km (10 mi) distance
    | PHIVOLCS | Details
  • 11 Feb 2021 15:42 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    25 km (15.5 mi) depth
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | PHIVOLCS | Details
  • 09 Feb 2021 00:00 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    23 km (14.3 mi) depth
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | PHIVOLCS | Details
  • 08 Feb 2021 23:27 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    30 km (18.6 mi) depth
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | PHIVOLCS | Details

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