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In the evening of Tuesday February 6th, 2024, a significant Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit under land 17 kilometer from Tandag in The Philippines.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in The Philippines, 17 kilometer (11 mi) south-southeast of Tandag in Caraga. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 50 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Feb 6, 2024 10:37PM (Manila Time)
- Feb 6, 2024 14:37 Universal Time.
Location: 17 km SSE of Tandag, Caraga, The Philippines.
Coordinates 8°56'47"N 126°17'3"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.1
Detected by 21 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.068 .
Depth: 50 km (31 mi)
A quite shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
While this was a shallow earthquake in a coastal area, it appears to have occurred under land (2 km from the sea) with a magnitude that is usually not strong enough to cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in The Philippines . Located 17 kilometer (11 mi) south-southeast of the epicenter of this earthquake, Tandag (Caraga, The Philippines) is the nearest significant population center.

Multiple major population centers exist within 300km of the earthquake that struck today. Davao is located 221 km to the south-southwest. Budta is located 281 km to the southwest. Malingao is located 281 km to the southwest.

An overview of nearby towns and cities is available in the overview below.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
17 km (11 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Tandag

Caraga, The Philippines.
55 km (34 mi)
SW from epicenter
Bah-Bah

Caraga, The Philippines.
59 km (37 mi)
SW from epicenter
San Francisco

Caraga, The Philippines.
61 km (38 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Bayugan

Caraga, The Philippines.
77 km (48 mi)
SW from epicenter
Talacogon

Caraga, The Philippines.
81 km (50 mi)
W from epicenter
Butuan

Caraga, The Philippines.
81 km (50 mi)
S from epicenter
Bislig

Caraga, The Philippines.
85 km (53 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Cabadbaran

Caraga, The Philippines.
86 km (53 mi)
W from epicenter
Libertad

Caraga, The Philippines.
92 km (57 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Bunawan

Caraga, The Philippines.
96 km (60 mi)
W from epicenter
Buenavista

Caraga, The Philippines.
103 km (64 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Trento

Caraga, The Philippines.
104 km (65 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Veruela

Caraga, The Philippines.
128 km (80 mi)
NW from epicenter
Surigao

Caraga, The Philippines.
128 km (80 mi)
S from epicenter
Monkayo

Davao, The Philippines.
129 km (80 mi)
W from epicenter
Mariano

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
143 km (89 mi)
S from epicenter
Compostela

Davao, The Philippines.
153 km (95 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Nabunturan

Davao, The Philippines.
154 km (96 mi)
SW from epicenter
Malaybalay

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
159 km (99 mi)
SSW from epicenter
New Corella

Davao, The Philippines.
164 km (102 mi)
S from epicenter
San Mariano

Davao, The Philippines.
169 km (105 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Manolo Fortich

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
171 km (106 mi)
W from epicenter
Jasaan

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
174 km (108 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Tagoloan

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
175 km (109 mi)
SW from epicenter
NIA Valencia

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
175 km (109 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Magugpo Poblacion

Davao, The Philippines.
175 km (109 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Bugo

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
182 km (113 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Cabayangan

Davao, The Philippines.
187 km (116 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Cagayan de Oro

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
188 km (117 mi)
SW from epicenter
Quezon

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
193 km (120 mi)
SW from epicenter
Maramag

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
194 km (121 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Panabo

Davao, The Philippines.
195 km (121 mi)
S from epicenter
Manay

Davao, The Philippines.
199 km (124 mi)
SW from epicenter
Don Carlos

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
221 km (137 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Davao

Davao, The Philippines.
221 km (137 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Iligan City

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
222 km (138 mi)
S from epicenter
Mati

Davao, The Philippines.
238 km (148 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Iligan

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
243 km (151 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Mantampay

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
244 km (152 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Marawi City

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
253 km (157 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Kidapawan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
265 km (165 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Digos

Davao, The Philippines.
278 km (173 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Tagbilaran City

Central Visayas, The Philippines.
281 km (175 mi)
SW from epicenter
Malingao

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
281 km (175 mi)
SW from epicenter
Budta

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
283 km (176 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Ozamiz City

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
291 km (181 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Tacloban

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
292 km (181 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Panalanoy

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
294 km (183 mi)
NW from epicenter
Ormoc

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
295 km (183 mi)
SW from epicenter
Cotabato

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
298 km (185 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Lapu-Lapu City

Central Visayas, The Philippines.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Shaking reported by 5 people

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 5 people have reported shaking in 5 places, all within 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:

  • Butuan, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Pilar, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Purok, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Tago, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Dumaguete, Central Visayas, Philippines: 1 person.

17 Aftershocks detected

This main shock was followed by 17 smaller aftershocks. At a distance of 56 km (34 mi) east-southeast of this earthquake, an aftershock struck 12 hrs later. It measured a magnitude of 5.1

In the days before this main shock, 8 smaller foreshocks were detected. Roughly 3 days before this earthquake, a foreshock measuring MAG-4.4 was detected nearby this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 3.0 3 days earlier
Feb 3, 2024 10:39PM (Manila Time)
93 km (58 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.4 3 days earlier
Feb 4, 2024 06:37AM (Manila Time)
35 km (22 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.1 2 days earlier
Feb 4, 2024 11:58PM (Manila Time)
96 km (60 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.0 2 days earlier
Feb 5, 2024 12:14AM (Manila Time)
83 km (52 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 2 days earlier
Feb 5, 2024 02:35AM (Manila Time)
89 km (55 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.1 1 day earlier
Feb 5, 2024 02:39PM (Manila Time)
33 km (21 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.1 12 hrs earlier
Feb 6, 2024 11:05AM (Manila Time)
38 km (24 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.1 5 hrs earlier
Feb 6, 2024 05:16PM (Manila Time)
73 km (45 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.1 Feb 6, 2024 10:37PM
(Manila Time)
-
Aftershock M 5.1 12 hrs later
Feb 7, 2024 10:44AM (Manila Time)
48 km (30 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.1 12 hrs later
Feb 7, 2024 10:52AM (Manila Time)
99 km (62 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.1 12 hrs later
Feb 7, 2024 10:57AM (Manila Time)
56 km (34 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.7 13 hrs later
Feb 7, 2024 11:31AM (Manila Time)
92 km (57 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 15 hrs later
Feb 7, 2024 01:46PM (Manila Time)
38 km (24 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 17 hrs later
Feb 7, 2024 04:01PM (Manila Time)
60 km (37 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.1 1 day later
Feb 8, 2024 01:20AM (Manila Time)
86 km (53 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.7 1 day later
Feb 8, 2024 04:09AM (Manila Time)
76 km (47 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 1 day later
Feb 8, 2024 09:26AM (Manila Time)
72 km (45 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 2 days later
Feb 8, 2024 02:28PM (Manila Time)
78 km (48 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Feb 8, 2024 03:27PM (Manila Time)
98 km (61 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Feb 8, 2024 04:47PM (Manila Time)
65 km (40 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.2 2 days later
Feb 8, 2024 08:40PM (Manila Time)
97 km (60 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Feb 8, 2024 09:06PM (Manila Time)
46 km (29 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Feb 8, 2024 10:51PM (Manila Time)
73 km (45 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Feb 8, 2024 11:39PM (Manila Time)
90 km (56 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Feb 9, 2024 12:16AM (Manila Time)
23 km (14 mi)
ESE 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?

Aftershocks are usually at least 1 order of magnitude less strong than main shocks. The more time passes, the smaller the chance and likely strength of any potential aftershocks.

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 happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since January 17th, 2024, when a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit 51 km (32 mi) further south-southeast. An even stronger magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck on December 2nd, 2023.

In total, 198 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.1 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 18 days.

Tsunami very unlikely

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.

While MAG-6.5+ earthquakes may cause tsunami's, it appears that the epicenter of this earthquake hit under land. In addition, the reported depth is deeper than 100km, making the risk of a tsunami even less likely. However always stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

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 on land near a coastal area (2 km from the sea). Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.1. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 50 km (31 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 03/03/24 17:38 (). This article contains currently available information about the earthquake and is automatically composed. We continue to update this article up to a few days after the earthquake occurred.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000lxbl
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240206_0000183
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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