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In the night of Tuesday January 9th, 2024, a strong MAG-6.7 earthquake hit in the Philippine Sea 408 kilometer from Manado, Indonesia. The USGS has indicated there is a potential risk at tsunami's following this earthquake. Another nearby country is The Philippines.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Philippine Sea, 77 kilometers (48 mi) off the coast of Indonesia, 408 kilometer north-northeast of Manado in North Sulawesi. The center of this earthquake had an intermediate depth of 77 km.

Date and Time: Jan 9, 2024 04:48AM (Manila Time)
- Jan 8, 2024 20:48 Universal Time.
Location: 172 km SE of General Santos, Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
Coordinates 4°54'35"N 126°9'15"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 6.7
Detected by 15 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.06 .
Depth: 77 km (48 mi)
An intermediate depth.
Max. Intensity:
VI
Strong

On the Modified Mercalli Scale.
Tsunami Risk: Potential tsunami risk
The USGS has indicated there is a potential risk at tsunami's following this earthquake.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Potential tsunami risk

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

There is a potential tsunami risk in the aftermath of this earthquake, immediately evacuate to higher grounds away from coastal areas and monitor advice from local authorities. The US Geographic Survey organization has indicated a potential risk for tsunami's following this earthquake.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake This earthquake appears to have struck under the sea. This earthquake had a magnitude of 6.7. Earthquakes of this strength could trigger a tsunami. This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 77 km (48 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Minimal impact predicted

The US Geographic Survey (USGS) describes the impact of this earthquake as follows:

One home destroyed and one damaged in South Essang.

Based on scientific estimates by the USGS, the risk of high fatalities for this earthquake is classified at level GREEN (low). They expect an 65% likelyhood of between 0 and 1 fatalities, and a 96% chance that the number of fatalities falls no higher than 10.

The USGS classifies the economic impact of this earthquake at level GREEN (low). They expect an 65% likelyhood of between 0 and 1 million US Dollars in economic damage and impact, and a 96% chance that the economic impact of this earthquake falls no higher than 10 million USD.

Roughly 8 million people exposed to shaking

An estimated 8 million have been exposed to shaking (An MMI or Modified Mercalli Intensity level II or higher) as a result of this earthquake according scientific estimates published by the USGS.

An estimated 3,760 people were exposed to level VI. At this level, strong shaking and probably light damage can be expected. Intensity level IV was experienced by the majority of people (around 8 million). In their region, light shaking and likely no damage can be expected.

People in 2 countries have been exposed to shaking. In The Philippines , around 8 million people, with impact levels up to V (moderate shaking, very light damage). People were exposed to shaking in Indonesia as well.

People MMI Level Shaking Damage
0
I
Not noticable None
0
II
Very weak None
18,650
III
Weak Probably none
7,930,000
IV
Light Likely none
357,100
V
Moderate Very light
3,760
VI
Strong Light
0
VII
Very Strong Moderate
0
VIII
Severe Moderate to heavy
0
IX
Violent Heavy
0
X
Extreme Very heavy

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake struck within proximity of multiple countries. The Philippines and Indonesia are both within 300km distance of its epicenter.

Located 146 kilometer (91 mi) south-east of the epicenter of this earthquake, Glan (Soccsksargen, The Philippines) is the nearest significant population center. The intensity of shaking and damage in Glan is estimated to be around level IV on the Modified Mercalli Intensity scale (light shaking, likely no damage).

Multiple large cities are in proximity of today's earthquake. Davao is located 248 km to the north-northwest and experienced an intensity of IV (light shaking, likely no damage). Budta is located 318 km to the northwest (intensity unknown, possibly low). General Santos is located 172 km to the northwest and experienced an intensity of IV (light shaking, likely no damage).

An overview of nearby towns and cities is available in the overview below. If places don't have intensity data available, it likely means the experienced impact in those places was fairly small.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place Intensity (MMI)
146 km (91 mi)
NW from epicenter
Glan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
152 km (94 mi)
NW from epicenter
Malapatan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
163 km (101 mi)
NW from epicenter
Alabel

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
172 km (107 mi)
NW from epicenter
General Santos

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
178 km (111 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Malita

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
180 km (112 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Maluñgun

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
189 km (117 mi)
NW from epicenter
Polomolok

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
198 km (123 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Santa Maria

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
207 km (129 mi)
NW from epicenter
Tupi

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
217 km (135 mi)
NW from epicenter
Lake Sebu

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
222 km (138 mi)
N from epicenter
Lupon

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
223 km (139 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Digos

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
226 km (140 mi)
NW from epicenter
Surallah

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
227 km (141 mi)
NW from epicenter
Bañga

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
228 km (142 mi)
N from epicenter
Mati

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
229 km (142 mi)
NW from epicenter
Koronadal

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
233 km (145 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Magsaysay

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
233 km (145 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Bansalan

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
246 km (153 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Samal

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
248 km (154 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Davao

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
251 km (156 mi)
NW from epicenter
Buluan

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
257 km (160 mi)
NW from epicenter
Tacurong

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
257 km (160 mi)
NW from epicenter
Isulan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
260 km (162 mi)
N from epicenter
Manay

Davao, The Philippines.
261 km (162 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Kidapawan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
266 km (165 mi)
NW from epicenter
Laguilayan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
272 km (169 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Panabo

Davao, The Philippines.
285 km (177 mi)
N from epicenter
Magugpo Poblacion

Davao, The Philippines.
285 km (177 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Kabacan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
288 km (179 mi)
NW from epicenter
Maganoy

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
289 km (180 mi)
N from epicenter
San Mariano

Davao, The Philippines.
300 km (186 mi)
N from epicenter
New Corella

Davao, The Philippines.
307 km (191 mi)
N from epicenter
Compostela

Davao, The Philippines.
312 km (194 mi)
NW from epicenter
Malingao

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
318 km (198 mi)
NW from epicenter
Budta

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
323 km (201 mi)
N from epicenter
Monkayo

Davao, The Philippines.
333 km (207 mi)
NW from epicenter
Cotabato

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
344 km (214 mi)
NW from epicenter
Parang

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
353 km (219 mi)
NNW from epicenter
NIA Valencia

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
368 km (229 mi)
N from epicenter
Bislig

Caraga, The Philippines.
379 km (235 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Malaybalay

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
401 km (249 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Marawi City

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
408 km (254 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Manado

North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
419 km (260 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Iligan City

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
421 km (262 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Mantampay

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
425 km (264 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Iligan

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
431 km (268 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Cagayan de Oro

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
439 km (273 mi)
NW from epicenter
Muricay

Zamboanga Peninsula, The Philippines.
442 km (275 mi)
NW from epicenter
Pagadian

Zamboanga Peninsula, The Philippines.
454 km (282 mi)
N from epicenter
Libertad

Caraga, The Philippines.
454 km (282 mi)
N from epicenter
Butuan

Caraga, The Philippines.
478 km (297 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Ternate

North Maluku, Indonesia.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Earthquake Intensity Map

The maximum intensity (MMI Scale) caused by this earthquake is VI. The map below shows in which areas this earthquake was the most and least impactful. It is based on data from the US Geographic Survey.

I Not felt
II Weak
III Weak
IV Light
V Moderate
VI Strong
VII Very Strong
VIII Severe
IX Violent
X Extreme
Earthquake Intensity Map based on Shakemap Data provided by USGS.

Shaking reported by 24 people in 2 countries

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 24 people have reported shaking in 15 places in 2 countries (Indonesia, Philippines).We keep updating this article as more ground reports become available. You may report that you felt this earthquake here.

Places with most reports:

  • Katangawan, Southern Mindanao, Philippines: 5 people.
  • Barra, Northern Mindanao, Philippines: 3 people.
  • Davao, Southern Mindanao, Philippines: 3 people.
  • Canocotan, Southern Mindanao, Philippines: 2 people.
  • Manado, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia: 1 person.
  • Rosario, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Dalurong, Northern Mindanao, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Namnam, Northern Mindanao, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Lasang, Southern Mindanao, Philippines: 1 person.

20 Aftershocks detected

Since this main shock, 20 smaller aftershocks were detected. A 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit 4 hrs later 28 km (17 mi) south-east of this earthquake.

Before this earthquake struck, 2 smaller foreshocks occurred. Roughly 2 days before this earthquake, a foreshock measuring MAG-3.8 was detected nearby this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 3.8 2 days earlier
Jan 6, 2024 07:02PM (Manila Time)
90 km (56 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.7 1 day earlier
Jan 8, 2024 12:00AM (Manila Time)
80 km (50 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 6.7 Jan 9, 2024 04:48AM
(Manila Time)
-
Aftershock M 3.0 16 mins later
Jan 9, 2024 05:04AM (Manila Time)
34 km (21 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 16 mins later
Jan 9, 2024 05:04AM (Manila Time)
24 km (15 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 18 mins later
Jan 9, 2024 05:06AM (Manila Time)
16 km (10 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 18 mins later
Jan 9, 2024 05:06AM (Manila Time)
13 km (8 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.8 23 mins later
Jan 9, 2024 05:12AM (Manila Time)
22 km (14 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.7 27 mins later
Jan 9, 2024 05:15AM (Manila Time)
15 km (9 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 29 mins later
Jan 9, 2024 05:17AM (Manila Time)
36 km (22 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.5 32 mins later
Jan 9, 2024 05:20AM (Manila Time)
9 km (6 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.5 33 mins later
Jan 9, 2024 05:22AM (Manila Time)
5 km (3 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.6 2 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 06:30AM (Manila Time)
35 km (22 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 06:30AM (Manila Time)
34 km (21 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 06:49AM (Manila Time)
34 km (21 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 2 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 06:59AM (Manila Time)
22 km (14 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.6 2 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 07:10AM (Manila Time)
31 km (19 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 4 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 09:08AM (Manila Time)
28 km (17 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 6 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 11:10AM (Manila Time)
97 km (60 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 6 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 11:10AM (Manila Time)
29 km (18 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.1 14 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 06:42PM (Manila Time)
22 km (14 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 15 hrs later
Jan 9, 2024 07:46PM (Manila Time)
29 km (18 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.2 20 hrs later
Jan 10, 2024 12:53AM (Manila Time)
32 km (20 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

The risk of aftershocks decreases rapidly over time. Usually, aftershocks are at least one order of magnitude lower than a main shock.

It's always adviced to be cautious of the risk of a larger shock following any significant earthquake, however this risk is fairly small. There is a roughly 94 percent change that no larger main shock will follow in the days following this earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this are common in the region

Earthquakes of this strength occur quite regularly in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since January 18th, 2023, when a 7 magnitude earthquake hit 261 km (162 mi) further south-southeast. An even stronger magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck on August 11th, 2021.

In total, 6 earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.7 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 2 years.

Sources

Last updated 03/03/24 04:28 (). This article is automatically generated based on available data. We keep checking multiple sources for additional information. This article gets updated as new details on this earthquake become available.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us6000m2jp
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240108_0000236
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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