Written by on . Last updated April 16th, 2024.

In the early afternoon of Wednesday April 3rd, 2024, a significant M5.1 earthquake hit in the Philippine Sea 51 kilometer from Bislig, The Philippines.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Philippine Sea, 32 kilometers (20 mi) off the coast of The Philippines, 51 kilometer north-east of Bislig in Caraga. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 67 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Apr 3, 2024 12:51PM (Manila Time)
- Apr 3, 2024 04:51 Universal Time.
Location: 51 km NE of Bislig, Caraga, The Philippines.
Coordinates 8°30'21"N 126°40'42"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.1
Detected by 168 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.044 .
Depth: 67 km (42 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 . The closest significant population center near the earthquake is Bislig in Caraga, The Philippines. Bislig is located 51 kilometer (32 mi) north-east of the epicenter.

Multiple large cities are in proximity of today's earthquake. Davao is located 198 km to the southwest. Budta is located 286 km to the west-southwest. Malingao is located 285 km to the west-southwest.

A complete list of nearby places is included below.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
51 km (32 mi)
SW from epicenter
Bislig

Caraga, The Philippines.
80 km (50 mi)
W from epicenter
San Francisco

Caraga, The Philippines.
83 km (52 mi)
NW from epicenter
Tandag

Caraga, The Philippines.
84 km (52 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Bunawan

Caraga, The Philippines.
85 km (53 mi)
SW from epicenter
Trento

Caraga, The Philippines.
85 km (53 mi)
W from epicenter
Bah-Bah

Caraga, The Philippines.
93 km (58 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Veruela

Caraga, The Philippines.
98 km (61 mi)
W from epicenter
Talacogon

Caraga, The Philippines.
103 km (64 mi)
SW from epicenter
Monkayo

Davao, The Philippines.
104 km (65 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Bayugan

Caraga, The Philippines.
113 km (70 mi)
SW from epicenter
Compostela

Davao, The Philippines.
127 km (79 mi)
SW from epicenter
Nabunturan

Davao, The Philippines.
134 km (83 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Butuan

Caraga, The Philippines.
134 km (83 mi)
SSW from epicenter
San Mariano

Davao, The Philippines.
138 km (86 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Libertad

Caraga, The Philippines.
139 km (86 mi)
SW from epicenter
New Corella

Davao, The Philippines.
143 km (89 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Cabadbaran

Caraga, The Philippines.
144 km (89 mi)
S from epicenter
Manay

Davao, The Philippines.
149 km (93 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Buenavista

Caraga, The Philippines.
152 km (94 mi)
SW from epicenter
Magugpo Poblacion

Davao, The Philippines.
160 km (99 mi)
SW from epicenter
Cabayangan

Davao, The Philippines.
172 km (107 mi)
SW from epicenter
Panabo

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

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
175 km (109 mi)
W from epicenter
Mariano

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
180 km (112 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Mati

Davao, The Philippines.
187 km (116 mi)
WSW from epicenter
NIA Valencia

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
192 km (119 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Samal

Davao, The Philippines.
193 km (120 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Lupon

Davao, The Philippines.
193 km (120 mi)
NW from epicenter
Surigao

Caraga, The Philippines.
194 km (121 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Dologon

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

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
198 km (123 mi)
SW from epicenter
Davao

Davao, The Philippines.
200 km (124 mi)
W from epicenter
Manolo Fortich

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
202 km (126 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Maramag

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
206 km (128 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Don Carlos

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
211 km (131 mi)
W from epicenter
Bugo

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
212 km (132 mi)
W from epicenter
Tagoloan

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
223 km (139 mi)
W from epicenter
Cagayan de Oro

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
242 km (150 mi)
SW from epicenter
Kidapawan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
244 km (152 mi)
SW from epicenter
Digos

Davao, The Philippines.
252 km (157 mi)
W from epicenter
Iligan City

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
256 km (159 mi)
SW from epicenter
Kabacan

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
261 km (162 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Malita

Davao, The Philippines.
269 km (167 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Marawi City

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
270 km (168 mi)
W from epicenter
Iligan

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
271 km (168 mi)
NW from epicenter
Maasin

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
273 km (170 mi)
W from epicenter
Mantampay

Northern Mindanao, The Philippines.
284 km (176 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Jagna

Central Visayas, The Philippines.
285 km (177 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Malingao

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
286 km (178 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Budta

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

Soccsksargen, The Philippines.
294 km (183 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Parang

Rehiyong Autonomo sa Muslim na Mindanao, The Philippines.
299 km (186 mi)
SW from epicenter
Tacurong

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

11 Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 11 smaller aftershocks occurred. At a distance of 2 km (1.2 mi) north-northwest of this earthquake, an aftershock struck 54 mins later. It measured a magnitude of 4.8

This main shock was prefaced by 5 smaller foreshocks. Roughly 2 days before this earthquake, a foreshock measuring MAG-4.9 was detected nearby this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 4.3 3 days earlier
Mar 31, 2024 11:57PM (Manila Time)
55 km (34 mi)
WNW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.9 2 days earlier
Apr 1, 2024 05:16AM (Manila Time)
27 km (17 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.2 1 day earlier
Apr 2, 2024 12:20PM (Manila Time)
34 km (21 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.0 14 hrs earlier
Apr 2, 2024 11:17PM (Manila Time)
52 km (32 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.1 13 hrs earlier
Apr 3, 2024 12:10AM (Manila Time)
7 km (4 mi)
WNW from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.1 Apr 3, 2024 12:51PM
(Manila Time)
-
Aftershock M 4.8 54 mins later
Apr 3, 2024 01:45PM (Manila Time)
2 km (1.2 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 02:35PM (Manila Time)
21 km (13 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.3 2 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 02:48PM (Manila Time)
17 km (11 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 7 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 07:41PM (Manila Time)
12 km (8 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.8 7 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 08:14PM (Manila Time)
34 km (21 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.2 11 hrs later
Apr 3, 2024 11:39PM (Manila Time)
14 km (9 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.2 1 day later
Apr 4, 2024 03:24PM (Manila Time)
45 km (28 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 01:19PM (Manila Time)
51 km (32 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Apr 5, 2024 05:28PM (Manila Time)
87 km (54 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.5 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 03:40AM (Manila Time)
29 km (18 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 3 days later
Apr 6, 2024 06:01AM (Manila Time)
18 km (11 mi)
ENE 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 March 24th, 2024, when a 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit 35 km (22 mi) further north-northwest. An even stronger magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck on December 2nd, 2023.

In total, 212 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 17 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 5.1. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 67 km (42 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 16/04/24 06:18 (). 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 us7000m9j3
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240403_0000070
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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