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Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Leyte Island, 30 km east of Ormoc, Philippines, on Monday, Mar 21, 2022 at 12:39 am (GMT +8) -

Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Leyte Island, 30 km east of Ormoc, Philippines, on Monday, Mar 21, 2022 at 12:39 am (GMT +8) Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Leyte Island, 30 km east of Ormoc, Philippines, on Monday, Mar 21, 2022 at 12:39 am (GMT +8)

Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

20 Mar 16:42 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 3 minutes.
20 Mar 16:46: Now using data updates from GFZ
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20 Mar 18:10: Epicenter location corrected by 0.5 km (0.3 mi) towards ENE.
Update Sun, 20 Mar 2022, 16:46
Seismic-like event, possible earthquake, reported few minutes ago near Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
We are receiving unverified early reports of ground shaking possibly caused by seismic activity in or near Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines on 20 Mar 2022 (GMT) at approximately 16:38 GMT.
There are no details yet on the magnitude or depth of this possible quake. If confirmed, we can expect more accurate data to emerge in the next few minutes. The location, magnitude and time mentioned are indicative, based on our best-fit seismic model. They are temporary until our AllQuakes monitoring service receives more exact scientific data from a national or international seismological agency. Check back here shortly and stay safe.

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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 20, 2022 16:39:20 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Mar 21, 2022 at 12:39 am (GMT +8)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.3
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude10.9413°N / 124.8767°E (Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, Philippines)
Antipode10.941°S / 55.123°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt231 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoMahagnao (5 km / 3 mi)
Nearby towns and cities4 km (3 mi) SSW of Burauen (Leyte) (pop: 14,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
24 km (15 mi) SW of Tanauan (Leyte) (pop: 16,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
26 km (16 mi) NW of Abuyog (Leyte) (pop: 15,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
27 km (17 mi) SSW of Palo (Leyte) (pop: 17,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
30 km (19 mi) ESE of Ormoc (Bisayas orientales) (pop: 191,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
30 km (19 mi) NNE of Baybay (Leyte) (pop: 17,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
36 km (23 mi) SSW of Tacloban City (pop: 242,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
37 km (23 mi) SSW of Panalanoy (pop: 189,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
128 km (80 mi) ENE of Cebu City (Central Visayas) (pop: 798,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
587 km (365 mi) SE of Manila (National Capital Region) (pop: 1,600,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 25°C (77 F), humidity: 91%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.310 kmLeyte, PhilippinesUSGS
5.240 kmLEYTE, PHILIPPINESEMSC
5.310 kmLeyte, PhilippinesRaspberryShake
5.210 kmPhilippines: Near CebuRENASS
5.34 kmPhilippines: 010 Km S 77° W of Burauen (Leyte)PHIVOLCS
5.211 kmLeyte, PhilippinesGFZ
5.355 kmLeyte, PhilippinesGeoAu

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Tacloban city (35.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s : i was busy using my phone then i feel my bed shaking and i thought its just me but it is really an earthquake | One user found this interesting.  
Ormoc City (33.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : I felt the earthquake and it felt like it was lasting a long time. It wasn't serious enough to warrant taking cover, but I got prepared in case it changed. My phone gave a notification of the earthquake immediately.  
Tanauan / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s : One circular motion then a sharp upward thrust and it was over..  
cement crack then rained and lifted paint (public domain)rained after quake lifting paint (public domain)
  • Additional information. Cracked cement above living room window
Cebu City, Central Visayas (128.3 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Woke up due to unusual shaking for about 5 se to ten seconds max with a swinging water movement in dispenser.  
Janssen St., Sitio Ipil, Basak San Nicolas, Cebu C (132 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : laying in my bed in the 2nd floor of our house, felt like my room is shaking, observing things and a sound of a wood in my room made a cracking sound  
Naga, Cebu (150.8 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 5-10 s : I am on the top level of a bunk bed so admittedly, an earthquake was not the first thing I thought of ????. It was a very light swaying, as if rocking a baby to sleep.  
Talisay (138.5 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Going to sleep, when I felt swaying, more of a side to side motion. Didn't last long, but surreal none the less.  
Apas, Cebu, Central Visayas (124.1 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s : I was sitting on floor and I can feel earthquake. While there was water bottle next to me it was shaking.  
Cebu City, Central Visayas (129.6 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was laying on bed when I suddenly felt my bed shake thought it was just me but i stopped moving and felt it was real  
Cebu City, Central Visayas (129 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : inside my room on 3rd floor , was lying on bed, was shaking that's how I noticed it like my bed was moving little bit  
cebu (122.3 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : my bed started shaking | One user found this interesting.  
Quest Hotel Cebu / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : I was on the 9th floor of Quest Hotel in Cebu. My room swayed from side-to-side, and continued to sway after the initial shock.  
Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 15-20 s : I was on the bed sleeping on that afternoon when I suddenly felt the bed shaking, so I woke up and realized it was an earthquake.  
San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : For a second I thought I was just dizzy but I was lying down and then I heard our walls and roof shudder as the shaking became stronger.  
Palo / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : Light shaking Felt mostly indoors. Wakes light sleepers, may vibrate like heavy traffic or cause a jolt. Possible rattling or creaking.  
Mahayag, Albuera, Leyte / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Light shaking Felt mostly indoors. Wakes light sleepers, may vibrate like heavy traffic or cause a jolt. Possible rattling or creaking  
Dulag, Leyte / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 minutes : I was sleeping and all of a sudden the cabinet goes down, I got awake for the loud noise the earthquake was making. It was very scary.  
Cebu City / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Kinda felt like on a boat rocking sided to side woke my wife and I up from sleep. We are on 6th floor.  
Tacloban city / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s : The shaking is not that strong although I feel. The shaking of my bed and the house but only in a seconds.I heared also my nephew was awake and went out from his room reporting to my mom that thier is an earthquake..  
Baybay City, Leyte / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Seems like a strong one, heard rattling sound, shook my bed for about 20 seconds. Shaking intensity is perhaps a magnitude of 6??  
Hilongos,Leyte / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s : Light shaking..wooden walls creaked a bit.i knew it was an earthquake coz the loose sliding door was shaking a bit  
Tabontabon Leyte / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 15-20 s : I feelt my head shaking and eyes moving around but the things it is shaking by that quake i thought that i am shaking by someone but its already an quake .  
City of Talisay / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s : I was laying on my bed when I initially fest a thud. Then a stronger vertical push. It was just a few seconds but it was enough to make me feel like a big truck passed by. (reported through our app)  
Tacloban city (32.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : bed shook so intense that i woke up tp it and felt it for how many seconds  
Ormoc, Leyte, Bisayas orientales (30.3 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
Tacloban City, Patoc (0 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
I was soundly asleep in my bedroom. (21.7 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : I trembled in fear and hurriedly ran out of the house.  
Minglanilla Cebu (143.4 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Cebu city (125.6 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s : Felt it on 27 floor of apartment  
Ormoc City (31.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Was my first earthquake, just wonder whats happen. But all was fine.  
Burauen Leyte (4.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 30-60 s
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (46 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Apr 30, 2022 18:45
8 weeks ago
2.6

176 km
11 km SW of Tacloban City, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Apr 27, 2022 06:39
9 weeks ago
3.0

6 km
Leyte Island, 28 km SE of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Apr 23, 2022 02:08
9 weeks ago
2.7

3 km
Leyte Island, 27 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Apr 22, 2022 06:13
9 weeks ago
3.3

2 km
Leyte Island, 25 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Apr 8, 2022 16:03
11 weeks ago
2.0

8 km
7.4 km SE of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 24, 2022 20:44
13 weeks ago
2.5

1 km
Leyte Island, 19 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 24, 2022 13:37
13 weeks ago
2.7

1 km
Leyte Island, 19 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 24, 2022 13:33
13 weeks ago
2.5

3 km
Leyte Island, 23 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 24, 2022 09:37
14 weeks ago
2.5

1 km
Philippine Sea, 23 km SE of Ormoc, PhilippinesMore
Mar 24, 2022 09:37
14 weeks ago
2.5

5 km
Leyte Island, 25 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 23, 2022 20:34
14 weeks ago
2.1

8 km
Leyte Island, 8.2 km NW of Abuyog, PhilippinesMore
Mar 23, 2022 09:00
14 weeks ago
3.2

3 km
Leyte Island, 20 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 22, 2022 16:32
14 weeks ago
2.0

3 km
Leyte Island, 20 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 22, 2022 15:09
14 weeks ago
3.4

4 km
Leyte Island, 19 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 21, 2022 19:06
14 weeks ago
2.1

10 km
14 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 21, 2022 17:12
14 weeks ago
2.0

8 km
15 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 21, 2022 14:45
14 weeks ago
2.3

7 km
Leyte Island, 20 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 21, 2022 06:04
14 weeks ago
2.6

10 km
Leyte Island, 21 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 21, 2022 00:40
14 weeks ago
3.4

1 km
Leyte Island, 21 km SE of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 21:07
14 weeks ago
2.8

23 km
18 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 21:05
14 weeks ago
2.8

1 km
Leyte Island, 25 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 20:48
14 weeks ago
2.2

3 km
10.1 km SE of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 19:53
14 weeks ago
2.2

1 km
Leyte Island, 4.7 km SW of Burauen, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 19:50
14 weeks ago
2.7

6 km
Leyte Island, 23 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 19:34
14 weeks ago
2.4

1 km
Leyte Island, 24 km SE of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 18:57
14 weeks ago
2.4

1 km
Leyte Island, 23 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 18:29
14 weeks ago
2.7

2 km
Leyte Island, 21 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 18:08
14 weeks ago
2.5

2 km
Leyte Island, 26 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 17:43
14 weeks ago
3.3

1 km
Leyte Island, 26 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 17:33
14 weeks ago
2.1

20 km
12 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 17:30
14 weeks ago
2.1

5 km
Leyte Island, 21 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 17:26
14 weeks ago
3.4

4 km
Leyte Island, 18 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 17:23
14 weeks ago
2.8

4 km
19 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 17:20
14 weeks ago
2.4

1 km
Leyte Island, 23 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 17:15
14 weeks ago
2.3

6 km
Leyte Island, 21 km SW of Tanauan, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 17:05
14 weeks ago - felt
2.4

13 km
Leyte Island, 16 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 17:00
14 weeks ago
2.4

1 km
Leyte Island, 22 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 16:57
14 weeks ago
2.2

4 km
Leyte Island, 20 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 16:54
14 weeks ago
2.3

1 km
Leyte Island, 23 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 16:53
14 weeks ago
2.4

2 km
Leyte Island, 19 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 16:51
14 weeks ago
2.8

2 km
Leyte Island, 24 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 16:45
14 weeks ago
2.7

3 km
Leyte Island, 22 km SE of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 16:44
14 weeks ago
3.0

2 km
Leyte Island, 21 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 16:43
14 weeks ago
2.3

7 km
Leyte Island, 21 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 16:41
14 weeks ago
2.8

9 km
Leyte Island, 20 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
Mar 20, 2022 16:40
14 weeks ago
2.3

2 km
Leyte Island, 21 km E of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Eastern Visayas, PhilippinesMore
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