Moderate earthquake near the Mindanao coast, Philippines (felt in Butuan, Davao City and Tagum City)

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Update 13:41 UTC : The shaking intensity that people are reporting to us in the back office shows in average a light MMI IV shaking on Mindanao

Update 13:37 UTC : We do not expect any serious damage from this earthquake (based on the current preliminary earthquake parameters  and our knowledge of the terrain)

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Update 14:26 UTC  : PHIVOLCS Philippines is reporting a Ms Magnitude of (only) 4.5 at a depth of 36 km (preliminary data
Intensity :
Intensity III - Tandag (Surigao Del Sur)
Intensity II - Bislig City (Surigao Del Sur)

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143 km S of Davao, Philippines / pop: 1,212,504 / local time: 21:07:51.0 2014-01-12
127 km SE of Koronadal, Philippines / pop: 125,502 / local time: 21:07:51.0 2014-01-12
19 km SE of Caburan, Philippines / pop: 12,618 / local time: 21:07:51.0 2014-01-12

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-01-12 21:07:51

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-01-12 13:07:51

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 137 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Caburan, Philippines Jan 12 13:07 5.0 135 MAP I Felt It
  • Davao City - continued longer than the earthquake about 5-6 weeks ago
  • general santos city - no damage
  • Davao City - We were sitting at home, and felt that unmistakable shaking, but it seemed to last only a few seconds. We just continued watching TV. It did not appear to damage anything.
  • General Santos City - The earthquake did not do any damage in our house. The shaking lasted for a minute or less than a minute. Everyone in my family is safe.
  • EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Jan 12 13:07 5.0 141 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Jan 12 13:07 5.2 137 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Tagum City - Light shaking here moment ago.
  • Gensan - Lasted about 20 sec.Lying in bed.felt the bed start moving side to side.
  • Polomolok - no damage. weak.
  • toril, davao city - felt light shaking just enough to shake someone while sitting
  • davao del sur,davao - i'm in the floor to surfing on my laptop i felt the batiment shacking but moderatly
  • Gensan - Approx. 9:10 pm local .Swaying motion side to side .Lasted about 25 sec.
  • Tagum City - I'm nervous coz I remember the prediction of the indian prophet. Please pray for mindanao
  • Buhangin Davao City - I felt the bed shake while I was watching TV. It was very quick and there were no damages in the vicinity
  • Davao City - no damage.. just shaking
  • General Santos City - Noticed by every one in the house. Lasted only about 10 seconds. A few shakes, but nothing serious.
  • Toril, Davao City - No damage here. Felt by everyone in the apartment.
  • Caburan - We felt only a second. just a sudden shake.
  • General Santos City - No damage to property..
  • Toril - We were watching a movie and everything started shaking... It was moderate and no damage... We were blessed...


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    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) ?
    People :
    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.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    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.
    Structures :
    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) ?
    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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