Important historic earthquakes in the Philippines

Last update: May 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm by By

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Cogon Cruz, Philippines Mar 20 19:42 4.3 45 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Cebu City - I was jolted awake by the shaking and the bed I was on felt loke it was moving sideways
  • EMSC Negros- Cebu Reg, Philippines Mar 20 19:42 4.3 45 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kibungan, Philippines Mar 18 21:03 4.5 103 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Luzon, Philippines Mar 18 21:03 4.5 112 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Mindoro, Philippines Mar 16 17:28 4.3 223 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Mindoro, Philippines Mar 16 17:28 4.5 243 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Calaca, Philippines Mar 16 17:28 4.3 205 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Pondaguitan, Philippines Mar 16 17:16 4.8 88 MAP I Felt It
    USGS San Francisco, Philippines Mar 14 11:47 4.6 58 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Mar 14 11:47 4.6 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Mindoro, Philippines Mar 13 02:48 4.6 168 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Balayan, Philippines Mar 13 02:48 4.6 165 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sarangani, Philippines Mar 08 10:06 4.5 57 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Malisbeng, Philippines Mar 06 01:39 4.6 529 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Mar 06 01:39 4.6 529 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Mar 06 01:39 4.6 524 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Mar 05 00:08 5.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Baybay City, Plaridel - I'm on the second floor when it happened.I was lying on my bed when suddenly roughly an 8 second shaking occur.No property was damage.
  • butuan - We felt little shaking here in Butuan.
  • Tagcatong, Carmen, Agusan del Norte - No damage at all
  • USGS Surigao, Philippines Mar 05 00:08 5.7 19 MAP I Felt It
  • Taganito, Claver, Surigao del Norte - So far, no damage found.
  • EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Mar 05 00:08 5.7 30 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pondaguitan, Philippines Mar 03 04:01 4.7 105 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Sabtang, Philippines Mar 02 01:27 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Luzon, Philippines Mar 01 05:10 4.6 200 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Feb 28 05:02 4.6 71 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Feb 28 05:02 4.6 71 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Feb 27 09:01 4.6 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Feb 27 09:01 4.7 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS San Isidro, Philippines Feb 25 18:57 5.1 23 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mahayag, Philippines Feb 23 11:17 4.1 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Davao - I was on the 9th floor of a condo building in Bajada, Davao. I felt significant movement but not enough to make objects or people fall down.
  • USGS Davao, Philippines Feb 23 01:50 4.6 15 MAP I Felt It
  • Davao City - We were having classes on the 7th floor of the university when the earthquake struck. The initial movement was short and vertical, then came around 8 seconds of strong horizontal movement. It felt a bit strong, although it may have been amplified at our position since we were on the top floor of a tall building.
  • davao city - for me,it's moderate but i really felt it while working inside the office..
  • Davao City - We were in the Faculty and the students were in the classrooms while there is an earthquake.
  • Davao - I was inside the office and I was under my table.
  • Davao city - I was on the 5th floor of the AdDU building at around 9AM when the earthquake started. It felt like my classmate was shaking my chair but then my classmates felt it too.
  • GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Feb 23 01:50 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Davao city - I was sitting on a chair in front of my computer when the earth shook, that was strong
  • Davao city - We're on the 3rd floor of the building and it just shook sideways.. lt was like a sideway rock motion. They were no injuries. No damages.
  • davao city - no damages but sudden initial shaking
  • talomo , davao city - unusual moderate shaking, unusual because i felt 2 quick one movement shake before the real shake . the firstt quick shake was felt below my feet only like someone moved the lower floor swiftly . the the normal earthquake shaking on the third time around 5 seconds only
  • Davao City - It was definitely a shaking!
  • Davao City - It was short yet strong shake.
  • Davao City - I was walking on the hallway when a sudden strong shaking occurred.That was strong enough.
  • Davao City - That was sudden and strong. I felt that everything shook.
  • EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Feb 23 01:50 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • DAVAO CITY - It just a rapid shake but it did not cause big destruction.
  • Davao City - We were having our class at the 5th floor of the university and suddenly a light shaking happened vertically. After the shaking, we immediately go down the hall.
  • USGS Pondaguitan, Philippines Feb 22 05:31 5.1 66 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Palimbang, Philippines Feb 19 15:31 4.4 539 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Feb 19 15:31 4.1 545 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Feb 19 15:31 4.4 543 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Mabua, Philippines Feb 17 09:18 4.7 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Leyte, Philippines Feb 17 09:18 4.8 45 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Leyte, Philippines Feb 17 09:18 4.8 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Baracatan, Philippines Feb 16 06:27 4.4 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Feb 16 06:27 4.1 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sarangani, Philippines Feb 15 14:07 5.1 40 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Feb 15 08:47 4.0 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Feb 15 00:35 4.0 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sarangani, Philippines Feb 14 20:47 5.0 71 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mabua, Philippines Feb 13 20:04 5.0 42 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Feb 13 20:04 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Feb 13 20:04 5.0 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Feb 13 20:03 4.9 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Talisay, Philippines Feb 13 19:14 4.7 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Leyte, Philippines Feb 12 19:51 4.1 30 MAP I Felt It INFO

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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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) ?
    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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