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In the Philippine Sea 198 kilometer from General Santos, The Philippines, a strong M6.0 earthquake occurred in the late afternoon of Friday March 8th, 2024. Shaking may have been felt by a total of 6.5 million people.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Philippine Sea, 98 kilometers (61 mi) off the coast of The Philippines, 198 kilometer east of General Santos in Soccsksargen. The center of this earthquake had an intermediate depth of 115 km.

Date and Time: Mar 8, 2024 05:11PM (Manila Time)
- Mar 8, 2024 09:11 Universal Time.
Location: 198 km east of General Santos, Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
Coordinates 5°49'0"N 126°56'27"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 6.0
Detected by 88 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.033 .
Depth: 115 km (71 mi)
An intermediate depth.
Max. Intensity:
V
Moderate

On the Modified Mercalli Scale.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
Earthquakes under MAG-6.5 at depths deeper than 100km are very unlikely to cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Minimal impact predicted

Based on scientific estimates by the US Geographic Survey (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 6.5 million people exposed to shaking

An estimated 6.5 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.

Light shaking and likely no damage may have been experienced by an estimated 4,650,000 people. At IV, it is the highest MMI level this earthquake has caused.

People in 2 countries have been exposed to shaking. Roughly 6.4 million people were exposed to shaking in The Philippines , with level IV (light shaking, likely no damage) as the highest recorded. Shaking was experienced by inhabitants of Indonesia too.

People MMI Level Shaking Damage
0
I
Not noticable None
0
II
Very weak None
1,866,000
III
Weak Probably none
4,650,000
IV
Light Likely none
0
V
Moderate Very light
0
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 may have been felt in The Philippines . Mati in Davao, The Philippines is the nearest significant place from the epicenter. The earthquake occurred 150 kilometer (93 mi) south-southeast of Mati. The intensity of shaking and damage in Mati 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 203 km to the northwest and experienced an intensity of III (weak shaking, probably no damage). Budta is located 316 km to the west-northwest (intensity unknown, possibly low). Malingao is located 311 km to the west-northwest (intensity unknown, possibly low).

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)
150 km (93 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Mati

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
158 km (98 mi)
NW from epicenter
Lupon

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
161 km (100 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Malita

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
162 km (101 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Manay

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
182 km (113 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Santa Maria

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
183 km (114 mi)
W from epicenter
Malapatan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
185 km (115 mi)
W from epicenter
Alabel

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
191 km (119 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Maluñgun

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
192 km (119 mi)
W from epicenter
Glan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
195 km (121 mi)
NW from epicenter
Samal

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
198 km (123 mi)
W from epicenter
General Santos

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
IV
Light
203 km (126 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Digos

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
203 km (126 mi)
NW from epicenter
Davao

Davao, The Philippines.
III
Weak
212 km (132 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Polomolok

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
214 km (133 mi)
NNW from epicenter
San Mariano

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
216 km (134 mi)
NW from epicenter
Panabo

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
219 km (136 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Bansalan

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
221 km (137 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Magsaysay

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
221 km (137 mi)
NW from epicenter
Magugpo Poblacion

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
222 km (138 mi)
NW from epicenter
Cabayangan

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
226 km (140 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Nabunturan

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
227 km (141 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Tupi

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
227 km (141 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Compostela

Davao, The Philippines.
232 km (144 mi)
NNW from epicenter
New Corella

Davao, The Philippines.
IV
Light
243 km (151 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Monkayo

Davao, The Philippines.
244 km (152 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Kidapawan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
244 km (152 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Koronadal

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
248 km (154 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Bañga

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
251 km (156 mi)
W from epicenter
Lake Sebu

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
251 km (156 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Surallah

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
257 km (160 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Buluan

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
269 km (167 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Tacurong

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
273 km (170 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Veruela

Caraga, The Philippines.
274 km (170 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Kabacan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
274 km (170 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Isulan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
275 km (171 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Bislig

Caraga, The Philippines.
294 km (183 mi)
NW from epicenter
Quezon

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
298 km (185 mi)
NW from epicenter
Don Carlos

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
309 km (192 mi)
NW from epicenter
NIA Valencia

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
311 km (193 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Malingao

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
316 km (196 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Budta

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
328 km (204 mi)
NW from epicenter
Malaybalay

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
336 km (209 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Cotabato

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
381 km (237 mi)
NW from epicenter
Marawi City

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
381 km (237 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Butuan

Caraga, The Philippines.
382 km (237 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Libertad

Caraga, The Philippines.
390 km (242 mi)
NW from epicenter
Iligan City

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
390 km (242 mi)
NW from epicenter
Cagayan de Oro

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
390 km (242 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Buenavista

Caraga, The Philippines.
391 km (243 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Mariano

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
398 km (247 mi)
NW from epicenter
Mantampay

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Earthquake Intensity Map

The intensity in shaking and damage by this earthquake is illustrated through the map below. The highest intensity measured for this earthquake is IV.

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 7 people

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 7 people have reported shaking in 7 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:

  • Bislig, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Butuan, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Kisante, Central Mindanao, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Buayan, Southern Mindanao, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Cablalan, Southern Mindanao, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Davao, Southern Mindanao, Philippines: 1 person.
  • La Libertad, Southern Mindanao, Philippines: 1 person.

Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 1 smaller aftershock occurred. Just 17 hrs after this main shock, an earthquake measuring MAG-3 was detected 24 km (15 mi) northwest of this earthquake.

Before this earthquake struck, 2 smaller foreshocks occurred. A 3.9 magnitude earthquake hit 3 days earlier nearby.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 3.9 3 days earlier
Mar 6, 2024 03:00AM (Manila Time)
96 km (60 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.4 2 days earlier
Mar 6, 2024 06:54AM (Manila Time)
25 km (16 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 6.0 Mar 8, 2024 05:11PM
(Manila Time)
-
Aftershock M 3.0 17 hrs later
Mar 9, 2024 09:52AM (Manila Time)
24 km (15 mi)
NW 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?

Earthquakes can create aftershocks. These are generally at least 1 magnitude lower than any main shock, and as time passes the chance and strength of aftershocks decreases.

In only six percent of cases, significant earthquakes are followed by a larger main shock, making the current earthquake a foreshock. While the chance of this happening is not so large, it is adviced to maintain cautiousness in the hours and days following a major 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 8th, 2024, when a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit 132 km (82 mi) further southwest. An even stronger magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck on August 11th, 2021.

In total, 34 earthquakes with a magnitude of 6 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 4 months.

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.

For a serious tsunami to occur, earthquakes usually need to have a magnitude of at least 6.5 and occur at a shallow depth of maximum 100km. Neither are the case with this earthquake. 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 under the sea. Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 6. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
Not this earthquake.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of 115 km (71 mi). Earthquakes this deep in the earth are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 17/04/24 02:48 (). 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 us7000m439
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240308_0000089
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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