Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - Province of Cotabato, Soccsksargen, 33 km west of Digos, Philippines, on 17 May 5:04 am (GMT +8) -
Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 10 km depth
16 May 21:15 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 10 minutes.
17 May 13:25: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 14.0 to 10.0 km (from 8.7 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 6 km (3.7 mi) towards SSW.
Update Sun, 16 May 2021, 21:21Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake 31 km west of Digos, Philippines
4.6 quake 17 May 5:04 am (GMT +8)
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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Date & time: 16 May 2021 21:04:50 UTC -
Local time at epicenter:
17 May 5:04 am (GMT +8)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.73°N / 125.06°E
(Province of Cotabato
Nearest volcano: Apo
(31 km / 19 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:14 km (9 mi) ENE of Columbio
(pop: 5,520) --> See nearby quakes!14 km (9 mi) WSW of Magsaysay (Davao)
(pop: 16,600) --> See nearby quakes!18 km (11 mi) WSW of Bansalan (Davao del Sur)
(pop: 21,400) --> See nearby quakes!31 km (19 mi) S of Kidapawan
(pop: 79,700) --> See nearby quakes!33 km (20 mi) W of Digos (Davao)
(pop: 116,100) --> See nearby quakes!35 km (21 mi) NE of Koronadal City
(pop: 125,500) --> See nearby quakes!43 km (26 mi) E of Tacurong
(pop: 54,600) --> See nearby quakes!46 km (29 mi) NE of Bañga
(pop: 58,900) --> See nearby quakes!86 km (54 mi) SE of Budta (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao)
(pop: 1,273,700) --> See nearby quakes!983 km (611 mi) SSE of Manila (National Capital Region)
(pop: 1,600,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 21.7°C
(71 F), humidity: 91%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from ESE
Primary data source: BMKG
(Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1011
joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 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.
|4.6||10 km||Mindanao, Philippines||BMKG|
|4.6||14 km||MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES||EMSC|
User reports for this quake (3)
Kidapawan (32.1 km N of epicenter) [Map]
/ Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Toril, Davao City (58.2 km NE of epicenter) [Map]
/ Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging (reported through our app)
66.7 km NE of epicenter [Map]
/ Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short (reported through our app)
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