Very strong earthquake off the coast of Negros, Philippines (felt in a wide area)

Last update: May 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm by By

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Update 18:19 UTC : Local media are reporting slight damage in cities like Hinoba-an, Iloilo City and Bago City

Update 12:08 UTC : PHIVOLCS Philippines (local seismological agency) reports a Magnitude of 6.3 at a depth of 53 km. Contrary to ourselves Phivolcs expects some damage and are is also expecting aftershocks (ER also).
Intensity V – Hinoba-an, Negros Occ.
Intensity IV – Iloilo City; Bago City; Pandan, Antique; Basay, Negros Occ.; Sipalay, Negros Occidental; Binalbagan, Negros Occ.; Bayawan
City, Negros Or.
Intensity III – Roxas City; Bais City; La Carlota City; Zamboanga City; Lapulapu City; Cebu City; La Castillana, Negros Occ.; Bacolod City;
Dumaguete City; Jagna, Bohol; Oton, Iloilo; Tayasan, Negros Or.; Jimalalud, Negros Or.; Ayungon, Negros Or.; Sibulan, Negros Or.; Dipolog
City
Intensity II – San Jose, Antique; Sibalom, Antique; Pagadian City
Intensity I – Masbate City; Kalibo, Aklan; Labason, Zamboanga del Norte; Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte; Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte

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Update 10:56 UTC : Our own expectations are being confirmed by our many readers who are reporting a max. moderate shaking

Update 10:52 UTC : The earthquake occurred at intermediate depth which gives wider radiation shaking than a very shallow one. The earthquake was therefore felt in many cities even hundreds of km away.
The BLUE BULLETS in our upper map are now showing the location of some of the comments.

Update 10:37 UTC : Based on our experience, we call this earthquake harmless (both for tsunamis and shaking). The epicenter (if confirmed) is far enough from the coast to weaken the shaking. USGS expects a MMI V shaking in the coastal area (normally not damaging)

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Update : NO risk for a tsunami at this Magnitude

Update : Epicenter off the coast – Preliminary Magnitude 6.3 at a depth of 60 km

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-05-15 18:16:43

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-05-15 10:16:43

Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Negros, Philippines May 15 18:56 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Negros, Philippines May 15 18:56 4.7 38 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Bacolod City - Light shaking. Lasted approx. between 10-20 seconds. A bit scared but this earthquake was not as strong like the recent guihulngan and Samar quake
  • USGS Alim, Philippines May 15 10:16 6.2 13 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Negros, Philippines May 15 10:16 6.2 20 MAP I Felt It
  • bacolod city - felt a just a few seconds of earth shaking experience
  • Strand - Relativ langes Schütteln. Nichts beschädigt.
  • binabalgan - 5 story building were I lived shook lightly but significantly!
  • Bacolod City - Small shake. No Damage. Approx 18.15 Local Time
  • Bacolod City - No damage within the area.
  • Dumaguete City - different type of shaking
  • Dumaguete - Scaree
  • Bacolod - no damage. shaking felt for less than 15 secs
  • Culasi Antique, Philippines - It was moving the house side to side lightly almost lake one foot swells would rock a 50ft boat.
  • victorias city - 2-3 secs of shaking
  • Dumaguete - we went out of the office
  • Dumaguete - the shaking lasted for around a minute. - A&F
  • Escalante City - I felt dizzy
  • bayawan - the last time we felt this strong earthquake the epicenter was in guihulngan negros oriental
  • Bacolod - Wind chimes swayed for a few seconds
  • Bacalod City - I'm from Bacolod City, capital of Negros Occidental, Philippines. I felt the quake enough to make lamp posts and big mirrors in the house sway.
  • cebu city - No damage happened, but our trauma still within us. It let us feel again the thing happened last november.
  • Sagay City - We have felt a slight shakening in Sagay City, Negros Occidental
  • cadiz city - Maybe 5-8 seconds
  • Zamboanga City - mild rumble and gentle shaking lasted about 10-15 seconds ... another shake right now ... no damage to house
  • Cebu - some colleague were complaining that they are getting dizzy since our office is on the 5th floor
  • La Carlota City - Very subtle and short.
  • Mandaue - it was around 6:30-6:45pm..most dormers felt the building shake..most dormers woke up from it..trauma still fresh here in CDU, so most of the summer dormers are either outside or down the first floor
  • bais city negros oriental - we felt so nervous here...
  • mandaue city - building was shaking office staff all ran outside duration about 20 to 30 seconds 1st low intensity shake and second shake more severe directly after 1st total episode about 30 seconds to 40
  • Binalbagan - we are watching the Balbagan Festival in the Mun. Gym when it happened, we thought it was the sound system vibrating.just glad we're able to go out safely
  • Cebu, Carcar - Weak shaking felt in the hills of Carcar area.
  • Bacolod - Weak shaking.
  • Bacolod City - we we're in the office 3rd floor and it was shaking badly. We stopped our operations and went outside to lagoon. Scary!
  • Dumaguete City - No damage although chandelier was swinging along with the flat screen TV. Also shook all the security gates.
  • Bacolod City - Was inside our store in SM City Bacolod when earthquake struck. It was strong.
  • dalaguete - shake the ground for 4 seconds .. not damage buildings ..
  • bais - Rond 18.16 uur plaatselijke tijd, (nederlandse tijd 12.16 uur) voelde ik het hier 2 keer een beetje schudden. Helemaal niets vergeleken met vorig jaar rond cebu, maar door de ervaring hier, wil je altijd z.s.m. naar buiten.
  • San Fernando, Cebu - I was on my bed resting so I felt the bed swaying slightly-3 seconds
  • Dumaguete City - No damage to see
  • cebu city - 12th floor condo building shook
  • Siquijor - Seat I was sitting on shook from side to side, roof of Beach bar shook a little
  • bacolod - im watching basketball, i felt shaking while im on the floor, and the roof of the court are shaking sound like landing plane. no damage... felt nervous
  • GEOFON Negros, Philippines May 15 10:16 6.2 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Bacolod City - I and my partner (who is in Bacolod) were on Skype video conferencing when suddenly my partner panicked and telling me that the building was shaking. She secured our kids and went outside just a precaution. But all was safe. No damage in the building structure.
  • Talisay City, Negros Occ. - I recognized immediately that it was an earthquake. I was standing on the ground floor of my house and the pendant lights started to sway distinctively. I place it at MMIV (I tried to change the info above but could not change it). My dog who was on the second floor of the house immediately ran downstairs so I guess he might have felt it also.
  • Ma-ao, Bago City - door hanging on hinge began to move slightly, with some dizziness felt. Slow shaking.

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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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