An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 occurred early morning on Monday 17 May 2021 at 5:04 am local time near Digos, Davao del Sur, Davao, Philippines, as reported by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency.
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 14 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 4.6 as well.
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 Magsaysay (pop. 16,600) located 12 km from the epicenter, and Bansalan (pop. 21,400) 15 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Kidapawan (pop. 79,700) located 25 km from the epicenter, Digos (pop. 116,100) 31 km away, Buluan (pop. 28,000) 31 km away, Tacurong (pop. 54,600) 46 km away, Kabacan (pop. 31,800) 46 km away, and Davao City (pop. 1,212,500) 67 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Budta (pop. 1,273,700) located 85 km from the epicenter.
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