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Light mag. 4.6 earthquake - Philippine Sea, 54 km north of Surigao City, Philippines, on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022 at 3:13 pm (GMT +8) -

Light mag. 4.6 earthquake - Philippine Sea, 54 km north of Surigao City, Philippines, on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022 at 3:13 pm (GMT +8) Light mag. 4.6 earthquake - Philippine Sea, 54 km north of Surigao City, Philippines, on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022 at 3:13 pm (GMT +8)

Light magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 79 km depth

16 Aug 07:17 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 4 minutes.
16 Aug 07:25: Now using data updates from PHIVOLCS
16 Aug 07:58: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Tue, 16 Aug 2022, 07:30

Moderate earthquake of magnitude 4.5 just reported 55 km northeast of Surigao City, Philippines

4.5 quake 16 Aug 3:13 pm (GMT +8)
4.5 quake 16 Aug 3:13 pm (GMT +8)
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake near Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, Caraga, Philippines, was reported only 17 minutes ago by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in this part of the world. The earthquake occurred at a moderately shallow depth of 39 km beneath the epicenter early afternoon on Tuesday, August 16th, 2022, at 3:13 pm local time. 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 citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake which listed the quake at magnitude 4.5 as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.5.
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 Santa Monica (pop. 2,300) located 29 km from the epicenter, Cagdianao (pop. 2,700) 32 km away, Loreto (pop. 5,400) 35 km away, Loreto (pop. 5,400) 35 km away, Loreto (pop. 5,400) 35 km away, Libas (pop. 3,400) 37 km away, and Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte (pop. 4,300) 37 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Surigao City (pop. 87,800) located 55 km from the epicenter.
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 details

Date & timeAug 16, 2022 07:13:09 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Aug 16, 2022 at 3:13 pm (GMT +8)
Depth78.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude10.2714°N / 125.5214°E (Philippine Sea, Philippines)
Antipode10.271°S / 54.479°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt8 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoCabalian (33 km / 21 mi)
Nearby towns and cities12 km (7 mi) SSW of Loreto (pop: 5,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
31 km (19 mi) ESE of Hinundayan (pop: 2,690) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
54 km (33 mi) N of Surigao City (pop: 87,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
76 km (47 mi) ENE of Maasin (Southern Leyte) (pop: 18,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
77 km (48 mi) SE of Abuyog (Leyte) (pop: 15,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
91 km (56 mi) ESE of Baybay (Leyte) (pop: 17,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
129 km (80 mi) SE of Ormoc (pop: 191,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
689 km (428 mi) SE of Manila (pop: 1,600,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
98 km (61 mi) SE of Leyte Island (pop: 2,388,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
194 km (121 mi) E of Cebu Island (pop: 4,164,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeScattered Clouds 30.3°C (87 F), humidity: 66%, wind: 4 m/s (8 kts) from SSW
Estimated seismic energy released5 x 1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 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.
4.679 kmPhilippines: 027 Km N 65° E of Basilisa (Dinagat Islands)USGS
4.679 kmLeyte, PhilippinesRaspberryShake
4.720 km8 Km SSW of Tubajon, PhilippinesPHIVOLCS
4.810 kmLeyte, PhilippinesGFZ


Seismic station: Davao, Philippines (DAV/IU network) | Distance from quake: 356 km / 221 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Davao, Philippines: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (8)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
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Tambis National High School Tambis 1 Saint Bernard (43.8 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Worried | One user found this interesting.  
Tubod Silago, Southern Leyte (49.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : I'm at the Barangay Hall. I noticed it because the grill I'm holding was shaking. | One user found this interesting.  
Dinagat islands (29.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Here in office shaking the windows | One user found this interesting.  
tacloban city (114.1 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : light shaking multiple seconds | One user found this interesting.  
Tubajon, dinagat Islands / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single vertical bump / 2-5 s : It was a moderate shaking | One user found this interesting.  
Surigao City / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
Davao City / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s : Soft shake. Sitting on sofa.. chandeliers moved softly.  
Harana Surf Resort / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s

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