(Major) earthquakes list November 2, 2012 – Strong earthquake close to Mindanao, Philippines

Last update: November 3, 2012 at 10:23 am by By

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Moderate earthquake off the Fukushima coast, Japan
The epicenter was relatively close to the shore. JMA Japan reports a depth of 30 km and a max. intensity of 4 JMA (we consider JMA 5+ as an intensity which can inflict damage).

Strong earthquake close to Mindanao, Philippines
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The earthquakes epicenter is off the coast which will weaken the shaking considerably.
Update : The epicenter locations provided by different agencies are far to uncertain to give a danger estimate.
Update : the depth of this earthquake is currently reported as 40 to 60 km which is very good news. At the other hand, USGS reports an epicenter at only 8 km from Burgos and a Magnitude of 6.4, a lot more than the other agencies.
Update : The depth is more or less confirmed by the I Have Felt It reports we have received from within Mindanao. Most of them indicate a very weak shaking which is typical for deeper earthquakes.
Update : Strange enough, Phivolcs the local seismological data provider has not yet reported this earthquake.
Update 18:59 UTC : EMSC has now changed his measured Magnitude to M5.8 at a depth of 60 km. Additionally EMSC puts the epicenter location at a bigger distance from the coast than USGS. 3 favorable parameters, if true, probably avoiding serious damage. Secondary damage by landslides are always a possibility at the Philippines.
Update 19:02 UTC : USGS predicts, based on his own higher numbers, that the max. shaking will be a V MMI (moderate shaking). Based on what we receive from within the Philippines  by our readers, and still lacking data from Phivolcs, we tend to believe the EMSC numbers more than those from USGS.
Update 19:10 UTC : Good news from Phivolcs, Philippines (to be trusted as local seismological agency) : Magnitude M5.8 – Depth : 99 km. These numbers are equalling what we have received as testimonies from within the Philippines. Based on these numbers, it would really surprise us that damage would be inflicted. Based on the Phivolcs numbers, the map below should be coloured light blue entirely.
Update 19:20 UTC : Closest city to the epicenter : Tandag City, a city with 44,327 inhabitants.
Update 19:59 UTC : People at Tandag City (city closest to the epicenter following Phivolcs) are reporting a MMI VI, rather strong shaking.
Update 20:13 UTC : Phivolcs has updated his earthquake report in the very bad direction. The Magnitude has been increased from Mw5.7 to Mw6.5, a HUGE difference. The depth from 99 km to 75 km. Phivolcs is expecting damage and aftershocks !
Update 22:56 UTC : Strange situation at the Philippines. USGS decreased his earthquake values from M6.4 to M6.1 while local Phivolcs increased the Magnitude from M5.7 to M6.5. Same happened with the depth.
The power in Tandag was ruptured for a couple of hours but is restored now.
We will have to wait until the morning hours before (currently night in the Philippines) until we will have a report about eventual damage.
Update Nov. 3 10:12 UTC : Intensity values as reported by Phivolcs
Intensity V – Tandag, Surigao del Sur; General Luna, Siargao Island
Intensity IV – Surigao City; Dapa, Surigao Del Norte; Magallanes and Kitcharao,
Agusan del Norte; Butuan City; Socorro Siargao, Surigao del Norte; Tubajon and Cagdianao, Dinagat Province
Intensity III – Bislig City; Basilisa and Libjo Dinagat Province
Intensity II- Cebu City; Davao City; Santiago, Agusan del Norte; Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental
Good news from the Tandag area as at noon-time local time (10 hours after the earthquake), NO damage was reported. The area has also felt a number of aftershocks. A M4.6 was the strongest one so far.
Right after the quake, thousands of people auto-evacuated to higher grounds out of a tsunami fear, a wise decision although tsunamis are merely generated after massive earthquakes of at least M7.X.  

 

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Libertador O'higgins, Chile Nov 02 23:42 4.6 48 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Nov 02 22:34 5.1 19 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Nov 02 22:34 5.1 30 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 02 22:34 4.9 32 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Saipan Reg., N. Mariana Islands Nov 02 20:02 5.0 60 MAP I Felt It
USGS Saipan Region, Northern Mariana Islands Nov 02 20:02 4.9 55 MAP I Felt It
USGS Mindanao, Philippines Nov 02 18:17 6.1 38 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Nov 02 18:17 6.0 60 MAP I Felt It
  • Cebu City - Very weak shaking at Cebu City
  • Cebu City - I got dizzy. Got confused if there was an earthquake or it was just my imagination
  • Cebu Citry - I thought I got dizzy for a bit
  • Butuan - felt weak shaking around 2:15 am, November 3
  • iligan city, mindanao, philippines - Slightly dizzy while lying down at a sofa. Keys hanging were swaying
  • Burauen, Leyte, Philippines - Just surfin through the internet whith my laptop on my lap. Then I recognized it started to shake, then I felt throughout my entire body that it must be an earthquake.
  • Butuan - at around 2 am i felt some moderate to light jolt..i feel it was my dream..but nw i saw an earthquake happened
  • Tandag - strong shaking..just awakened felt dizziness
  • cebu city - so light shaking for few seconds
  • Leyte - moderate shaking felt here in baybay, leyte
  • Tacloban City - Light shaking here at Tacloban
  • Cabadbaran City - Will the quake wake me up.......
  • Tandag City - Felt strong shaking here at Tandag.
  • carrascal, surigao del sur - oh...what a strong earthquake,,,
  • Cebu City - I felt a very weak shaking that I was not sure if there was indeed an earthquake but when I looked at some of my hanged clothes in my bedroom, they were shaking, which confirmed for me that it was real.
  • Cebu - working right now & one of my colleague said she felt a slight quaver which i thought i just felt dizzy & when it wobbled again that's when we know there's an earthquake..
  • Cebu City - Felt a weak shaking, which was enough to make me feel dizzy. Confirmed it by swaying of my hanged clothes in the bedroom.
  • Cebu - The power inside my office was shut down for a while and it kept turning on and off during the incident.
  • Tacloban City Leyte - very weak shaking for around 20 seconds 2.19am saturday morning !!!!!!!!!!
  • Davao -
  • Cebu City - i was in the office we are at the 6th floor..it made me dizzy bu it felt like someone was shaking my chair..the pics and decors on my table shook
  • Cagayan de Oro - Woke up due to the shaking at around 2:19am
  • Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte - i felt the shaking very much in my area..i was in second floor of this building... we were on operation of our Net Cafe business when the incident happened...
  • Surigao City - I was kneeling when I felt the earthquake. And I could feel the movement of the quake shaking.
  • Tandag - here in Tandag, Surigao del Sur Philippines early in the morning 2:30 in my watch... about 6.5 mag said by the philvocs
  • Tandag Surigao del sur Philippines - i woke up early in the morning...as in! the shaking made the noise... imagine,an old wooden house collapsed...as in hugmak!!...here in tandag i think this is the strongest shaking i've ever experienced.
  • cagayan de oro city - i was about to sleep and i thought it was just my imagination.i even stood up to check
  • Butuan City - Asleep, felt light movement in my sleep, early hours morning on the 3rd Nov 2012
  • GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Nov 02 18:17 6.0 47 MAP I Felt It
  • Compostela, compostela valley - My house was shaking.
  • PHIVOLCS Mindanao, Philippines Nov 02 18:17 5.7 99 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Of Sumbawa, Indonesia Nov 02 16:26 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Of Sumbawa, Indonesia Nov 02 16:26 4.8 52 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia Nov 02 14:02 5.0 179 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Talaud Islands, Indonesia Nov 02 14:02 4.8 177 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia Nov 02 14:02 5.0 182 MAP I Felt It
    USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea Nov 02 11:38 4.6 107 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Nov 02 11:38 4.6 108 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Nov 02 11:38 4.7 118 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Banda Sea Nov 02 10:19 4.7 30 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Nov 02 10:19 4.7 35 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Nov 02 10:19 4.8 33 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Of Fiji Islands Nov 02 09:43 5.2 50 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Of Fiji Islands Nov 02 09:43 5.2 54 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Queen Charlotte Islands Region Nov 02 08:20 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Queen Charlotte Islands Region Nov 02 08:20 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Victoria, BC - Sounded like a train passing through 2 times. Very light but loud rumbling sounds.
  • EMSC Offshore Guatemala Nov 02 03:28 4.6 57 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico Nov 02 03:28 4.6 57 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Kamchatka Nov 02 01:52 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Kamchatka Nov 02 01:52 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The East Coast Of The Kamchatka Peninsul Nov 02 01:52 5.5 6 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Flores Sea Nov 02 01:22 5.3 276 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Flores Sea Nov 02 01:22 5.5 271 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Flores Sea Nov 02 01:22 5.3 272 MAP I Felt It

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    Earthquakes occurred yesterday (UTC time), but today local time

    Pagan Region, Northern Mariana Islands Nov 01 17:21 PM M 4.7 Depth 164.3 km

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
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    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
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    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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