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A significant MAG-5.2 earthquake struck in the Philippine Sea 65 kilometer from Bislig, The Philippines in the afternoon of Sunday March 24th, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Philippine Sea, 21 kilometers (13 mi) off the coast of The Philippines, 65 kilometer north-northeast of Bislig in Caraga. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 51 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Mar 24, 2024 02:22PM (Manila Time)
- Mar 24, 2024 06:22 Universal Time.
Location: 65 km NNE of Bislig, Caraga, The Philippines.
Coordinates 8°46'18"N 126°30'37"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.2
Detected by 265 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.035 .
Depth: 51 km (32 mi)
A quite shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Low tsunami risk
Earthquakes under MAG-6.5 do not usually cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in The Philippines . Tandag in Caraga, The Philippines is the nearest significant place from the epicenter. The earthquake occurred 48 kilometer (30 mi) south-east of Tandag.

Major cities near this earthquake: Davao is located 213 km to the south-southwest. Budta is located 287 km to the southwest. Malingao is located 287 km to the southwest.

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

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
48 km (30 mi)
NW from epicenter
Tandag

Caraga, The Philippines.
65 km (40 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Bislig

Caraga, The Philippines.
67 km (42 mi)
WSW from epicenter
San Francisco

Caraga, The Philippines.
68 km (42 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Bah-Bah

Caraga, The Philippines.
82 km (51 mi)
W from epicenter
Bayugan

Caraga, The Philippines.
87 km (54 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Talacogon

Caraga, The Philippines.
88 km (55 mi)
SW from epicenter
Bunawan

Caraga, The Philippines.
94 km (58 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Trento

Caraga, The Philippines.
99 km (62 mi)
SW from epicenter
Veruela

Caraga, The Philippines.
108 km (67 mi)
W from epicenter
Butuan

Caraga, The Philippines.
112 km (70 mi)
W from epicenter
Libertad

Caraga, The Philippines.
114 km (71 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Cabadbaran

Caraga, The Philippines.
118 km (73 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Monkayo

Davao, The Philippines.
123 km (76 mi)
W from epicenter
Buenavista

Caraga, The Philippines.
131 km (81 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Compostela

Davao, The Philippines.
143 km (89 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Nabunturan

Davao, The Philippines.
152 km (94 mi)
SSW from epicenter
San Mariano

Davao, The Philippines.
152 km (94 mi)
SSW from epicenter
New Corella

Davao, The Philippines.
153 km (95 mi)
W from epicenter
Mariano

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
159 km (99 mi)
NW from epicenter
Surigao

Caraga, The Philippines.
166 km (103 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Magugpo Poblacion

Davao, The Philippines.
167 km (104 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Malaybalay

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
173 km (107 mi)
S from epicenter
Manay

Davao, The Philippines.
174 km (108 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Cabayangan

Davao, The Philippines.
183 km (114 mi)
WSW from epicenter
NIA Valencia

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
186 km (116 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Panabo

Davao, The Philippines.
186 km (116 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Manolo Fortich

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
192 km (119 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Dologon

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
193 km (120 mi)
W from epicenter
Jasaan

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
194 km (121 mi)
SW from epicenter
Quezon

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
195 km (121 mi)
W from epicenter
Bugo

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
195 km (121 mi)
W from epicenter
Tagoloan

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
200 km (124 mi)
SW from epicenter
Maramag

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
205 km (127 mi)
S from epicenter
Mati

Davao, The Philippines.
205 km (127 mi)
SW from epicenter
Don Carlos

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
207 km (129 mi)
W from epicenter
Cagayan de Oro

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
208 km (129 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Samal

Davao, The Philippines.
213 km (132 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Davao

Davao, The Philippines.
216 km (134 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Lupon

Davao, The Philippines.
237 km (147 mi)
NW from epicenter
Maasin

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
239 km (149 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Iligan City

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
251 km (156 mi)
SW from epicenter
Kidapawan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
255 km (158 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Jagna

Central Visayas, The Philippines.
257 km (160 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Iligan

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
258 km (160 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Digos

Davao, The Philippines.
259 km (161 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Marawi City

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
261 km (162 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Mantampay

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
262 km (163 mi)
SW from epicenter
Kabacan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
280 km (174 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Malita

Davao, The Philippines.
287 km (178 mi)
SW from epicenter
Malingao

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
287 km (178 mi)
SW from epicenter
Budta

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
292 km (181 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Parang

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, 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:

  • Bislig, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Madrid, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Maygatasan, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Pilar, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.
  • Rosario, Caraga, Philippines: 1 person.

10 Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 10 smaller aftershocks occurred. A 3.8 magnitude earthquake hit 2 days later 30 km (19 mi) northwest of this earthquake.

Before this earthquake struck, 4 smaller foreshocks occurred. A 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit 12 hrs earlier nearby.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 3.0 2 days earlier
Mar 23, 2024 01:08AM (Manila Time)
21 km (13 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.1 1 day earlier
Mar 23, 2024 04:34AM (Manila Time)
90 km (56 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.8 15 hrs earlier
Mar 23, 2024 11:00PM (Manila Time)
52 km (33 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 12 hrs earlier
Mar 24, 2024 02:47AM (Manila Time)
77 km (48 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.2 Mar 24, 2024 02:22PM
(Manila Time)
-
Aftershock M 3.0 11 hrs later
Mar 25, 2024 01:50AM (Manila Time)
42 km (26 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.1 1 day later
Mar 25, 2024 11:53PM (Manila Time)
23 km (14 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.3 1 day later
Mar 26, 2024 12:02AM (Manila Time)
40 km (25 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 1 day later
Mar 26, 2024 01:02AM (Manila Time)
57 km (35 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Mar 26, 2024 02:23AM (Manila Time)
22 km (14 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.3 2 days later
Mar 26, 2024 05:20AM (Manila Time)
50 km (31 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 2 days later
Mar 26, 2024 08:52AM (Manila Time)
10 km (6 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.8 2 days later
Mar 26, 2024 03:41PM (Manila Time)
30 km (19 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 2 days later
Mar 26, 2024 07:17PM (Manila Time)
87 km (54 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.2 3 days later
Mar 27, 2024 02:51AM (Manila Time)
16 km (10 mi)
NE 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.

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 March 1st, 2024, when a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit 27 km (17 mi) further east-northeast. An even stronger magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck on December 2nd, 2023.

In total, 155 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.2 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 24 days.

Low 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.

Based on early data it appears this earthquake was not strong enough (lower than MAG-6.5) to be likely to cause destructive tsunami's. However this earthquake appeared to have hit at a shallow depth under sea, so 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 5.2. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 51 km (32 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 17/04/24 03:18 (). 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 us6000mkxk
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240324_0000066
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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