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In the Philippine Sea 91 kilometer from Virac, The Philippines, a shallow and significant Magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred in the morning of Saturday June 22nd, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Philippine Sea, 65 kilometers (40 mi) off the coast of The Philippines, 91 kilometer east-northeast of Virac in Bicol. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Jun 22, 2024 08:41AM (Manila Time)
- Jun 22, 2024 00:41 Universal Time.
Location: 91 km ENE of Virac, Bicol, The Philippines.
Coordinates 13°56'13"N 124°59'43"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.1
Detected by 25 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.062 .
Depth: 10 km (6 mi)
A very 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 . Virac in Bicol, The Philippines is the nearest significant place from the epicenter. The earthquake occurred 91 kilometer (57 mi) east-northeast of Virac.

Major cities near this earthquake: Legaspi is located 162 km to the southwest. Naga is located 199 km to the west. Tacloban is located 300 km to the south.

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

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
91 km (57 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Virac

Bicol, The Philippines.
151 km (94 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Tabaco

Bicol, The Philippines.
152 km (94 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Malilipot

Bicol, The Philippines.
152 km (94 mi)
SW from epicenter
Sorsogon

Bicol, The Philippines.
152 km (94 mi)
S from epicenter
Laoang

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
152 km (94 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Tiwi

Bicol, The Philippines.
162 km (101 mi)
SW from epicenter
Legaspi

Bicol, The Philippines.
163 km (101 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Tagas

Bicol, The Philippines.
165 km (103 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Catarman

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
165 km (103 mi)
W from epicenter
Goa

Bicol, The Philippines.
169 km (105 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Buhi

Bicol, The Philippines.
169 km (105 mi)
WSW from epicenter
San Jose

Bicol, The Philippines.
173 km (107 mi)
SW from epicenter
Irosin

Bicol, The Philippines.
178 km (111 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Polangui

Bicol, The Philippines.
180 km (112 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Iriga City

Bicol, The Philippines.
183 km (114 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Libon

Bicol, The Philippines.
184 km (114 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Baao

Bicol, The Philippines.
185 km (115 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Nabua

Bicol, The Philippines.
186 km (116 mi)
SW from epicenter
Bulan

Bicol, The Philippines.
187 km (116 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Bato

Bicol, The Philippines.
195 km (121 mi)
W from epicenter
Calabanga

Bicol, The Philippines.
198 km (123 mi)
W from epicenter
Magarao

Bicol, The Philippines.
199 km (124 mi)
W from epicenter
Naga

Bicol, The Philippines.
212 km (132 mi)
S from epicenter
Calbayog City

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
215 km (134 mi)
W from epicenter
Mercedes

Bicol, The Philippines.
221 km (137 mi)
W from epicenter
Daet

Bicol, The Philippines.
229 km (142 mi)
SW from epicenter
Masbate

Bicol, The Philippines.
235 km (146 mi)
W from epicenter
Labo

Bicol, The Philippines.
241 km (150 mi)
S from epicenter
Catbalogan

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
252 km (157 mi)
W from epicenter
Jose PaƱganiban

Bicol, The Philippines.
263 km (163 mi)
S from epicenter
Borongan

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
275 km (171 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Aurora

Calabarzon, The Philippines.
291 km (181 mi)
W from epicenter
Catanauan

Calabarzon, The Philippines.
292 km (181 mi)
W from epicenter
Calauag

Calabarzon, The Philippines.
295 km (183 mi)
W from epicenter
Lopez

Calabarzon, The Philippines.
295 km (183 mi)
S from epicenter
Carigara

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
299 km (186 mi)
S from epicenter
Panalanoy

Eastern Visayas, The Philippines.
300 km (186 mi)
S from epicenter
Tacloban

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

Shaking reported by 1 person

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 1 person has reported shaking in one place in 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:

  • Rapu-Rapu, Bicol, Philippines: 1 person.

Risk of aftershocks?

This earthquake did not have any significant foreshocks nor aftershocks occurring within 100km (62 mi) of its epicenter.

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.

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 April 10th, 2024, when a 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit 247 km (154 mi) further south-southeast. An even stronger magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck on August 18th, 2020.

In total, 20 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 6 months.

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 10 km (6 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 18/07/24 02:18 (). 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 us7000mtvu
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240622_0000009
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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