Massive earthquake hits Philippines with tsunami warning - 1 dead - a narrow escape

Earthquake overview : A massive earthquake has hit off the coast of Philippines with the potential of a tsunami.
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Update 04/09: The latest update from this earthquake from the NDRMMC paints a full picture of the losses which are now seen to be around P12.8 million (around 250,000 USD).

Damaged Houses:-

Guiuan, Eastern Samar                           0                     2
Gen McArthur, Eastern Samar            74                  21
Hernani, Eastern Samar                           0                    1
Basey, Western Samar                              4                    7
San Jorge, Western Samar                      0                    1
Brgy. Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City     0                    5
Mercedes                                                       0                   28
San Julian, Eastern Samar                      2                   84
Quinapondan                                               2                     8
TOTAL                                                       82                  157     

Total of 1 dead (through a landslide) and 7 injured (4 in Cagayan de Oro City and 3 in Gen MacArthur).

7 bridges have also displayed partial damage and cracking.

The following are the population affected by the earthquake at this time:- In total 5650 families consisting of 28,064 people require aid.
In Surigao City 4270  families with 21,348 people.
In Burgos, 4 barangays consisting of 795 families with 3,975 people.
In San Isidro, 3 barangays consisting of 187 families with 749 people.
In Socorro, 2 barangays consisting of 398 families with 1992 people.

Update 07:39 UTC : Major aftershock map has been created by Mike Gabbitas which can be seen below and is interactive when clicking on the map.

Main aftershock map courtesy of Mike Gabbitas, Earthquake-Report collaborator.

Update 07:09 UTC : The following damage has so far been reported through the National Disaster Management Center:-

- 1 death (Elinta Ubalde, 44 y/o) and 1 injured (Daniel Rosales, 5 y/o) due to landslide in Cagayan de Oro City.

- Five houses were partially damaged due to flashflood in Brgy. Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City. The affected families were evacuated.

- Two bridges in Eastern Samar were partially damaged namely: Buyayawan Bridge in Mercedes, Eastern Samar and the Brgy Casuroy Bridge in San Julian, Eastern Samar.

In Region VIII:

- Leyte - One (1) totally damaged house in Brgy. Digahongan, Dagami, Leyte

- Pinabacdao, Samar - Cracks on porch and walls on Pinabacdao Municipal Police Station Building

- Brgy Lupok, Guian E. Samar - 2 slightly damaged residential houses at a cost of P20,000

- San Julian, E. Samar -  Layug Bridge (from Borongan to Taft) developed cracks

- San Pedro, Quinapundan - San Pedro Quinapundan bridge was slightly  tilted but still passable to all type of vehicles

In Region XIII Caraga:

- Surigao City - 1 small house collapsed at Brgy. Punta Blair AND 3 tension rods at ceiling of Provincial Gym
were destroyed although there was no structural damage occurred.

- Socorro, Surigao del Norte - 2 houses partially damaged

- San Isidro, Surigao del Norte - Flooring of Municipal Gym cracked - cost of P500,000 AND 6 columns of Public   Market damaged and was declared not safe for regular operations at cost of P400,000.

- Taganaan, Surigao del Norte - The Municipal and Multipurpose Buildings of  Taganan developed several cracks AND Taganan-Libas concrete Road showed cracks but still passable AND 3 houses collapsed

- Alegria, Surigao del Norte - Boat landing at Brgy. Alipao was damaged and its riprap collapsed. at a cost of P500,000

- Placer, Surigao del Norte - Cracks developed at sea wall

- Gen. Luna, Surigao del Norte - Boulevard seawall cracked

- Bunawan, Agusan del Sur - 1 house was burned due to gas lamp fall during earthquake

Further damage reports will be updated should additional data become available. The total losses should be around P5,000,000 (around 120,000 USD).

Update 20:59 UTC : wants to thank all Philippinos who filled in our "I Have Felt It" form. We received the first experience reports seconds after the shaking stopped

Update 20:57 UTC : as can be expected with a massive earthquake , we are witnessing a lot of moderate to strong aftershocks. People at the coast will hardly feel them because most of them are occurring approx. 100 km out in the sea.

Update 20:00 UTC : The final earthquake value looks to be Mw7.6 instead of Mw7.9. Just 3/10ths but in reality a very big difference.

UPDATE:- Apart from the landslide death and injury, as well as 5 houses damaged and evacuated via a flash flood, in Barangay Tablon, Cagayan de Oro city, there has not been damage reported as yet.


UPDATE:- NDRRMC is expecting damage from an earthquake of this size, but still waiting on more damage reports.

1 person has been killed through a house collapse via a landslide in Southern Cagayan de Oro city on the South Island of Mindanao killing a 54-year-old woman and injuring her 5-year old grandson.

The center in Philippines said that very small tsunami waves of 3 centimeters meters (just over an inch) were recorded along the eastern Philippine coast near Legazpi city and another nearby location indicating a possible escape from a major tsunami.

The quake knocked out power in several other towns and cities across the central and southern Philippines, though it was restored in some areas later Friday.

SUMMARY:- A massive earthquake has hit off the East coast of the Philippines. It has been felt up to an intensity VII onshore through USGS.

The tsunami was due to hit Eastern Samar Island and also the following other locations -  Northern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur. It was due to have hit already and we are waiting on reports.

The latest PTWC ratings:- Only a local tsunami warning was enforced. Eyewitness reports in the east have seen 1.2m waves.



Phivolcs was predicting:-

Intensity 7 in Guian, Oras, Sulat, Borongan City, Eastern Samar;

Intensity 6 in Siargao, Surigao del Norte; Tacloban City; Palo Leyte; Saint Bernard, S. Leyte;

Intensity 5 in Mati City; Compostela; Compostela; Legaspi City; Iloilo City; Beilig City; Iligan City;

Intensity 4 in Butuan City, Catbalogan City, Butuan  City, Cagayan De Oro City;

Intensity 3 in Cotabato City, Mambajao, Camiguin, General Santos City; and

Intensity 2 in Marawi, Sipalay City

Refer to the daily notices for earlier details.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw7.6 (USGS), Ml7.7 (PHIVOLCS)
UTC Time : 31st August, 2012 - 12:47:34 UTC

Local time at epicenter : 31st August, 2012 - 20:47:34 UTC
Depth (Hypocenter) :  34.9 km (USGS), 10km (PHIVOLCS)
Geo-location(s) : 96km (60mi) E of Sulangan, Philippines

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 23:37 5.7 35 MAP
GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 23:37 5.6 36 MAP
EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 23:37 5.7 40 MAP
EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 22:01 5.1 51 MAP
USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 22:01 5.1 35 MAP
GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 22:01 5.1 29 MAP
  • Buenavista, Guimaras - i was standing in my bet to fix it i am actually bit sleepy so i thought it was just a slight tipsy feeling but when i saw the divider in my room swinging i concluded 'twas an earthquake! goodness i slowly awaken my family members sleeping asking what the panic cause me to panic - chrishan'12
  • EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 21:22 4.9 45 MAP
    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 21:22 4.9 40 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 21:22 4.9 38 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 20:26 5.0 13 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 20:26 4.9 43 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 19:41 4.8 59 MAP
    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 19:41 4.9 48 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 19:40 5.0 40 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 17:54 4.4 81 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 16:55 5.1 30 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 16:55 5.1 37 MAP
    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 16:55 5.1 14 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 16:46 4.6 80 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 16:46 4.6 17 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 16:26 4.7 107 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 15:51 4.7 45 MAP
    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 15:24 4.9 42 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 15:24 5.1 39 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 15:24 4.8 60 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:59 5.0 43 MAP
    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:59 5.0 35 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:59 5.1 10 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:44 4.8 38 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:38 4.8 38 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:28 4.8 80 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:28 4.8 53 MAP
    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:16 4.9 31 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:16 5.0 13 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 14:15 5.0 33 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:55 4.8 40 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:40 5.3 40 MAP
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    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:36 4.8 48 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:36 5.2 46 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:31 5.4 40 MAP
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    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:27 5.5 30 MAP
    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:27 5.4 35 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:27 5.5 52 MAP
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    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:14 5.5 24 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 13:14 5.4 50 MAP
    USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 12:47 7.6 34 MAP
  • cagayan de oro city - it lasted for about 3 mins or so..:
  • Iligan City - (very long earth quake
  • Cebu, philippines - Very nauseating! Lamps swinging pictures too. People ran out of businesses onto street
  • Daet in philipp0ines - first experience as I am from Australia.
  • philippines - I was lying in my bed reading a magazine when i felt like im in a cradle..
  • Mandaue city Cebu - It was for 3 mins., I was playing a game and I felt it. :
  • cebu city - (when i was in the kitchen i felt the earthquakes..i n my family rush to go outside..
  • Kawit,Medellin,Cebu - I felt the earthquake, I hope we dont get any Tsunamis T_T.
  • compostela valley - few minutes ago
  • cebu philippines - 16 th floor new office building...10 - 12 seconds shaking
  • PHILIPPINES - felt it. I was doing some research thing
  • davao,philippines - about 8:45 is was happening for a long period of time
  • Naga city - I was sleeping I felt dizzy and I felt something is wrong.
  • Cagayan de Oro, Philippines - Our furniture were shaking and swaying. It lasted for a few minutes. I was so scared!
  • Naawan, Misamis Oriental - I was working online after dinner when I felt my desk shake and swivel chair shake. My lamp as well as my bedroom door was singing for a min or two. I felt it and thank God it was not that strong!
  • Cagayan de Oro City - Everyone in CDO felt an strong shaking .It is our firstime we experienced such thing.
  • PHILIPPINES - i felt it
  • Oton, Iloilo - I now have a headache.
  • Iligan City - i felt the shake instantly at first its weak and its getting stronger by seconds my entire desktop computer table is shaking proximity only last for 2-3 minute
  • naga city camarines sur philippines - its kinda head shaking experience.
  • satiago city isabela - i was on my computer then bigla nalang na lumidol.
  • Cagayan de Oro - The house was slowly moving and also the van and some other objects where moving. Also outside the electric wires where moving and you gor strange feelings in stomach.
  • Davao - Was half nakie lying on my bed then when I felt the earthquake, I immediately grab my jacket and went outside. LMAO!!
  • PHILIPPINES - scary.. :
  • camarines sur - (our heavy wooden door shook strongly. lasted about a minute or two.
  • compostela cebu city - I was scared and I scream, i thought I was hungry.
  • Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines - THE EFF WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?
  • Maramag, Bukidnon - 🙁 earthquake
  • Negros Occidental - It lasted for more than a minute i guess?
  • Cagayan de Oro City - Did the whole philippines experience it? What's the real magnitude?
  • Bacolod City - My computer table shook for around 10-20 seconds. When I went out of the room, the water inside the water dispenser was also shaking.
  • cebu - It lasted for less than 5 minutes. You could feel the foundation of the whole building shaking and trying to withstand the shock. We were in the 15th floor.
  • leyte - im on the 2nd floor of my house. feel like vomiting
  • iligan - it was really shacking very hard...our chandeliers were moving fast but least it last 1 min. it passed through at our place. our neighbors are noisy, shouting "earthquake" =
  • cagayan de oro - (our windows were shaking
  • PHILIPPINES - Shook the walls and some loose wirings
  • cagayan de oro city - first time nacu na inani ca kusog an linog sa CDO .. weew ! Lord help us.. let's pray 🙂
  • Iligan City - Na remember nakO aqng feeling nga nisakay qg barkO padung siquijOr! haiiiii
  • minglanilla, cebu,philippines - quake around 8:53pm strong shaking that went in seconds
  • bacolod city,philippines - I thought I'm having a vertigo episode..
  • CALIFORNIA - I was skyping with my friend and her whole house was shaking- please no tsunami I am praying for all
  • Cebu, Philippines - our house started to shake and our hanging lights and hanging lights started to sway back and forth..
  • ' ILOILO CITY' - playing with my laptop then suddenly..... it was shaking!!!
  • ILOILO CITY - I was inside the office when the i felt the Earth is moving. At first I thought I was only dizzy but when i noticed that my table and things on top of it were also shaking... And I knew it was Earthquake!!!
  • Lala, Lanao del Norte - I got dizzy. It shook for about 1 minute. Our chandelier swayed back and forth. Even my family who were already sleeping felt it. They woke up.
  • General Santos City - I thought our neighbors are just doing something in their room.
  • leyte - nauseous. thats a long earthquake
  • Davao City - I'm still freaking dizzy!
  • Bago City, Phillipines - i was in front of my computer working on my stuff at the second floor of the house when suddenly my bed, electric fan, and my cabinet shake for almost two to three minutes
  • Davao City - Strongest earthquake I've ever felt. Felt like a strong rolling. Nearly lifted me off my feet. We woke the kids and got out of the house. No damage.
  • PHILIPPINES - it was a bit scary too
  • Iligan City - We felt it from Iligan
  • Maasin City - tssss no tsunami please?
  • Tagum City - One Of The Strongest And Longest Earthquake i've ever experienced.
  • Panay, Capiz, PH. - I felt it
  • Baybay Leyte - Around 9PM we felt an earth quake. All of our neighbors felt it and ran outside. It lasted about 3 minutes, it felt like a rolling sensation. No damage happened at our house, we wondered if this area was the epicenter. The lightening and thunder added to the frightening experience. No real damage here and no one that we know is hurt. After we all felt the earth was still moving but nothing was shaking and it seems to be over now.
  • legazpi city, albay - we've experienced the quake too, about 12 mins ago. it lasted about 2 to 3 mins.
  • tabaco albay - were very nervous..we go out for our own safety it happens at 9 o'clock
  • Tagum City, Davao del Norte - doors were shaking. lasted for about a minute. everyone had to to a safe place outside the house.
  • leyte - lahat ng mga gamit sa bahay gumalaw.. pati buong bahay shaking talaga..
  • CEBU - felt dizzy when surfing on the net everything starts shaking
  • urgello cebu city - so scared...
  • bacolod - barely felt by people
  • Roxas City, Capiz, PH - It(earthquake) shook the furniture. The ground was shaking. I got dizzy.
  • cebu - I'm so scared, people are panic.Still in there mind last strong earthquake hit the city..only things is just prayer...
  • Tagum City - felt it. had to go out of our old house to be safe.
  • Davao City - sumakit ang ulo ko.. napakalakas nun
  • PHILIPPINES - we were so scared that my hubby & son wnet out of the house...our stand fan was shaking and even all things that were hanging were scary
  • legazpi - im surfing the net then i felt dizzy... suddenly the earthquake is getting strong
  • Manila - very wark shaking
  • Escalante - felt the earthquake twice. the first one was stronger than the second
  • Sa bahay nagcocomputer - Trending ang Magnitude 7.9 ! Bilis !
  • 'Iloilo city, Philippines' - i was lying in bed trying to sleep.... then ....... suddenly the ground was shaking!!!!! Please lord help us :
  • bantayan island - (shaking.....
  • Cagayan de Oro - I was on my computer and everything just started shaking, lasted for a few minuted and it felt like my house was going to fall even though i live in the mountains!
  • Camarines Norte - The shaking went on for like 2 to 3 minutes...
  • cebu city - i felt the shaking and the ground rupturing over this area here..>>>>R.R Landon st
  • Catbalogan City - Felt it while im eating and watching walang hanggan
  • Virac - Same here in Virac, Catanduanes, about 10mins ago. Not so strong quake but you can feel the building (Midtown Inn) is moving.
  • cebu city - i was surfing the internet while the laptop is moving so hard i thought it was my husband shaking my chair.... funny but scary 🙂
  • Koronadal City, South Cotabato - I felt same thing...I thought i was just dizzy
  • Tagbilaran City - Almost 3 minutes of shaking...
  • Goa, Cam. Sur - Nahilo ako parang galing sa roller coaster. T_T
  • Bansalan, Davao del Sur - Was doing on remote work.
  • Taguig, Manila - I just thought I was feeling dizzy. Then everybody started talking about it.
  • Makati City - felt it for about 2mins. kala ko ganun na ako ka-stressed kasi at this time nasa office pa rin ako. yngatz mga peeps!
  • PHILIPPINES - i felt it shaking in our bed..i'm alone but pray to god instead of worrying anything elese..
  • Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental - OMG, we're inside the office, 3rd floor. Everyone had panicked. I feel so dizzy right now,
  • Philippines Cebu city - Im afraid...
  • PHILIPPINES - I RELI felt it..
  • iligan city - i felt dizzy after. ang lakas at ang tagal!
  • southern leyte - i reli felt it.. whaoooaaahh !
  • carcar cebu - i felt very dizzy,my bed was shaking!
  • bukidnon - I think it is longer. . .
  • cebu - in a 20 story high rise there was some swaying
  • MAKATI - I was in the 19th floor of the blg..I felt the earthquake when I look around the room was swaying after 2 mins. my sister texted me that ther's an earthquake in cebu also..
  • lapu-lapu city - i felt dizzy and i ran outside i saw electric wires swaying..its a 7.9 magnitude earthquake
  • cebu - chandilier was shaking and electric fan fell
  • tabaco city - nasa computer ako, bigla lumindol at medyo nahilo ako....
  • tabaco city, albay - was on bed when i felt it. saw our lamp swinging. rushed out of my room to gather my kids and head outdoors. water in our tanks kept on swooshing. almost stumbled while we ran outside. good thing it happened in the evening. could not imagine how i could have managed herding all my pre-school pupils out to safety if it happened during the day.
  • tabaco city - medyo malakas....15 mins ako
  • Cebu City - It was so cool! Again!
  • makati - almost not felt
  • Roxas City,Capiz, Philippines - Light shaking for 3 minutes.
  • Laoag City - I was surfing the net then I felt like nauseating, I look around and my bed was shaking, the door of my cabinet was shaking. I think it lasted for more or less than a minute. It's just so scary... :
  • Bacolod City - (I was alone in the living room when I felt the the Chandelier was kinda swaying and I really felt like shaking. :/ God bless Philippines, specially bacolod.
  • Cagayan de Oro - shaking hard
  • camotes island cebu philippines - im in my room while i felt a little nausea, i just though maybe because im pregnant but my stuff are moving scary...earthquake wih matching hunder here ;
  • Dumaguete City - (I thought its just my bed shaking and maybe it just bounces coz my nephew is so Lazy but I let her stop and looked at our ceiling fan, computer and even our table is shaking.
  • PHILIPPINES - i feel dizzy right now. earthquake Stop
  • Iligan City, Philippines - Im way too far from the Borongan City, Samar and i can actually felt the shake and feel so dizzy for a minute and aftershock keeps coming which makes my head more dizzy and this is the 1st time that ive ever encounter an strong aftershock
  • Daet,Camarines Norte - wa,grabe ang lakas..talagang umuuga lahat.
  • bacolod - loloka megijedt
  • Cebu - It was not so bad here in talamban, cebu while watching walang hanggan.
  • Cagayan de Oro City Philippines - Everyone went out straight to the roads!!! there were even those who have bath robes on them!hehe
  • Ligao City - i was watching a movie then things started shaking
  • Davao City - Right in the middle of a Machong Gay Pagent, Light shaking of the ground felt by many around the vicinity of the Cityhall of Davao while i was eating my queck-queck.
  • Albay - I'm inside the internet cafe when suddenly I felt dizzy. I looked outside and saw the trees were shaking. Customers went outside the cafe calmly.
  • Bacolod City - I was in my computer when my desk swayed, the open doors in two rooms swayed...more than a minute or so...just prayed
  • jaro, iloilo city - i was in bed and noticed my window blinds were shaking.big deal
  • polillo island - the wall clock is shaking i thought it's because of the electric fan but it wasn't, its earthquake it lasted for more or less 30 seconds.
  • General Santos City - We felt it clearlyand even the rocking chair rockt strongly...and it lasted quite long
  • cagayan de oro - just opened my fb account @ 8:49PM aug 31 2012 when it started shaking for about 2 mins, my experience since 1972 of a strong quake...
  • Cebu Philippines - I experienced strong shaking. First it was up and down that later changed to side-side movement then back to up and down. It made me feel dizzy.
  • Camarines Norte - naramdaman namin lahat gumagalaw mga gamit namin.medyo matagal din pati..
  • davao city - 08-31-12 20:50, till now nahihilo pa rin ako..
  • daet cam norte - nanunuod akong tv and bigla kong naramdaman gumagalaw yung inuupuan ko.. akala ko nahihilo lng ako... but when i saw our hanging mirror was shaking, sinabayan pa ng kulog. super napatayo ako to see if my brother and mother upstairs are okay...thanks God, very light lng yung earthquake shaking
  • Bohol, Philippines - I was frightend
  • Baybay Leyte - We're in a two storey house - it was like we were on a boat in a force 9 gale going up and down the waves ... I was hoping it would stop but it went on and on... a minute or two - we just held each other and the new baby - scary
  • tacloban - It knocked over an end table and some things off of shelves. The electricity for the whole city went out for 1 hour. It lasted for 35 seconds. It was the strongest one I felt in the six years I have lived here.
  • PHILIPPINES - if gods will let it be.
  • PHILIPPINES - why is dated 30 sept. 2012?
  • Cebu PH - I felt it, at first i thought i was just dizzy for lack of water, then realized it's a quake!
  • Iloilo City - HEADACHE ... Playing DOTA and my hero is Earthshaker =) i feel it!
  • cagayan de oro - i was in my room at the 3rd Floor. teary eyed since i was alone and freaking out. my door swayed and i felt like vomiting :
  • Dumaguete City - (we are currently at work in a BPO company. felt the long shakes at 20:58 MNL and they lasted for almost 3 minutes. some of our officemates evacuated the building while we stayed at our workstations. swaying was strongly felt but there was no noise generated by the EQ
  • City Proper, Iloilo City - The earthquake was around an hour ago. it was strong at first. it continued for about 4-5 minutes. maybe about magnitude 3.
  • Cagayan De Oro - That was the strongest earthquake I really felt in my life. Still feeling afraid that our doors would swing harder than before. Really felt dizzy UNTIL 10:25PM. Now I can see that there are still aftershocks. GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES.
  • cebu - i was at SM cinema then i felt my chair is shaking i thought that someone was playing at the back of my chair.
  • PHILIPPINES - Working online when the building began to sway for about 30 seconds and dishes in the cabinet shaking..Feared it would collapse the building but all is safe Pray for the people living at the epicenter
  • Davao City - Floor tiles in Abreeza Mall cracked...
  • Cebu City - another 7.1 earthquake hit Cebu City for about 1.2 minutes at 8:46pm MNL and 7:46am CST. BPOs are one of the major industry in the overnight hours for cebu. all the centers were evacuated.
  • tisa cebu city - 😀 GOD will protect us and keep us safe
  • davao - na lipong ko
  • Nueva Vizcaya - Felt shaking for a few seconds around 8:50pm and then it stopped for a few seconds and then again, it shaked! Hanging mirrors were swinging, my couch and the table were also shaking like a light vibration.
  • Surigao City - Just animating with my laptop until a sudden burst of shaking occurred. We were panicking and running outside. The lights turned off and it was total darkness (some people had lights so not really dark). After a brief moment, the lights turned back on. I was already suggesting to my parents to evacuate but it seems like they're just relaxing and saying, "No tsunami is gonna happen". Pissed, but I had to go with it.
  • CDO city - Very LONG quake! Longest quake I've ever experienced! So nauseating!
  • Davao Philippines - At around 8.52pm, I was on the phone with my teacher, talking about the requirements for the next issue of our school paper. In the middle of the call, she felt dizzy. That was when I first started feeling the shaking of the earth. I was at church with my friends then. The strong quake lasted for a minute, and lighter shakes continued for another minute or two.
  • camotes island, cebu - i was with my friends when suddenly we felt that the house was shaking.
  • Abuyog Leyte - I was using my laptop when the earthquake happened. I was my first time to experienced such very strong shaking in my twenty-years of existence.. God Bless to all!
  • Cebu City - i was having dinner when suddenly i heard a noise coming from the ground and the next thing i knew, the entire apartment building was already shaking..i was so scared, and ran outside to our lasted for 3 minutes or so
  • 12th flr, IT Tower 1, Business Park Cebu - It lasted for a couple of minutes. Its a dreadful feeling for I am so bothered on the thought of being so far from the ground and the chances of survival in case the building will collapse.
  • Tacloban City - Our house and everything within shook and swayed for about 5 minutes plus the lights and power went out. Good thing the electricity got back about an hour later.
  • Talamabn, Cebu City - Hope all are well close to the epicenter.
  • singapore - Felt like a train passing near a station
  • Lanang, Davao City - The CPU in the in the internet cafe fell
  • abuyog leyte - our house is shaking strong for about a minute then the shaking get lesser and lesser more than a minute,wew!
  • IT Park Cebu City - I was taking a phonecall with my customer here in the callcenter.. and suddenly I felt everything was shaking... Informed the cust that there is an emergency situation going on so I have to release the call...Released the call and logged.out from my avaya and evacuated from the building and we all went to the open field... after 30 mins... went back to the building, business as usual....
  • Cebu City, Philippines - i just arrive at the office and the building started to shake.. we were asked to evacuate the building then since there was an ongoing earthquake..
  • davao - it got me nuts when i saw the cement cracking and we were at the 7th floor of the mall.. just. no way out.
  • davao city - I was in the third floor of abreeza when the mall started swaying, people ran outside of the building. As i was running I see the glass doors shaking as if it was about to break. Some of the mall's floor tiles were broken. There were many visible cracks on the walls and paint came off.
  • Tacloban City, Leyte PH - We're used to earthquakes here in Tacloban City, Leyte but this time was different. This earthquake was the strongest and longest earthquake I've ever experienced in 30 years. We were on the 4th floor of a hotel having a children's party when it started, the lights went out and the rooftop was still shaking. It seemed it would never end at that moment. Thank God no one panicked and after the long earthquake, we went downstairs and everyone's safe. Hope there's no more aftershock.
  • ireland - i was om live yahoo messanger from ireland talking to my frend in philippines when the earthquake struck i was ask to please pray for them so i prayed that bad happenbing would not being grate high waters on to the island the prayers was answered
  • iligan city - I was watching TV lying down on the coach in our sala and i felt swaying motion, the chandeliers were swaying. I stood up and felt I was already dizzy.
  • cebu city - nalipong ko oi
  • Cagayan De oro,Philippines - when i was in my chair sitting and i felt bad my light is moving i felt scared i. it happened 8:50pm
  • PHILIPPINES - I was watching tv when it seemed our house swayed. At first, I thought I was only sleepy but then I realized it was an earthquake which lasted for awhile. It was an scary feeling . I ran to my room to get my youngest son ready to go outside when the earthquake stopped. Thanks God it did not occur again.
  • Legaspi city - I cant even move..
  • bayawan - i was on the floor and did not feel it but my girlfriend was on the couch and did... for several seconds
  • compostela valley - oh my God! help us... felt so dizziness,
  • compostela - here in USEP compostela during our chemistry lecture time when start shaking and most of my classmates were panic.
  • DIGOS CITY - ..grabeeh.. nandoon kami sa gymanasium ng university namin..pero hindi parin kmi natinag sa panonood ng palabas.. ahahhah
  • carigara leyte - terrible i felt like vomitting. on my 50 yrs this the first time i experience an earthquake like this, nevertheless GOD is so good there is no reported casualties . PRAISE GOD!!! no tsunami or whatever
  • punjab - in punjab time near about 12:50pm i felt earthquake
  • Maramag, Bukidnon , Philippines - . . i was getting rice when i felt the earthquake. i thought i was just sleepy when that happens. its not a strong shake at all in our location. . in Maramag, Bukidnon, Philippines.
  • Dipolog City - I watching a series through my laptop when suddenly i felt the ground was shaking. It lasted for almost a minute.
  • cebu - i just woke up and still in bed when it shakes. i knew immediately that it was an earthquake. I got traumatize of it since the last earthquake hit cebu last february. I was thingking about tsunsami. Even though I'm so sleepy, I find it hard to sleep again. I was so scared!
  • Iligan City - It felt quite long, the earth was really moving, we experienced the side-to-side movement. Lamps were shaking on the ceiling but nothing dropped off the shelves.
  • E.B.Magalona - I was watching T.V that time when suddenly I felt Dizzy... my mother told me its an earthquake and so I told them to keep calm and PRAY......!!!1
  • guiuan - i was currently watching tv inside my room and it started to shake........... filling tired now
  • Australia Cairns - Said 2 my son last night ican feel an earthquake comin on .Freaked me out thismorning. To here the poor phillapeenos xo
  • Manila, Philippines - I texted my bf that there's either an earthquake or a pison in front of our house (which of course there was none). I'm paranoid because last time I felt something like that, there had been an earthquake in Cebu the next day and the aftershocks so that was twice. and now, I felt here it in Manila again and the quake was in Samar and Surigao. Weird!
  • Palo - I was on d fon @ around 9pm (Walang Hanggan time, hehe) when i felt lyk d surrounding was like shaking, not long after i realized it was an earthquake. In my opinion it started a little stronger than d ones we had months before. Before we knew it it got stronger & stronger & at d back of my mind was "Oh my GOD, would it b us this tym to experience d wrath of a natural disaster?!!" Then d lights went out! It was a so terrifying xperience, but thank GOD we r all safe!!! No m
  • PHILIPPINES - segundo lang ang earthquake..kasi pag tumagal ng isang minuto madami na ang mamamatay...buti na lang nawala din agad...
  • BUSCO, Bukidnon - I felt the strong shaking in my bed last night and I saw the door also moving. I was a bit afraid and in my mind I prayed to Jesus that it's not so bad in other areas. But in the report one died. May her soul go to heaven. Jesus please protect us..
  • cebu city - i was at my bed at the time with my wife and my daughter,i thought my wife shaking our bed,i shouted why are you shaking the bed,then answered my life i im not the one responsible,then that was a huge earthquake.hehehehe...but thank to god..its ok..
  • Iligan City - It was a strong quake and it lasted for about 2 mins...I can hear the ground move like there was a landslide happening from afar / like a sound effect of quakes in movies. Everything moved. I thought I was tipsy 🙂
  • Agusan del Sur - Bayugan City - that was the strongest shake ive ever experienced...i dont know what intensity that is..
  • Tacloban City, Leyte - I was riding on the Jeep and suddenly it went brownout.. All the cars on the street stopped and there was a great panic on the downtown.. It lasted for a lot of minutes and there was no signal on my cellphone.
  • ceby - we where watching tv and suddenly our chair was shaking. i shouted naglinog
  • Tubod,Lanao del Norte,Philippines - I'm sitting and I think i'm sleepy but its an earthquake! Let us prepare ourselves especially our spiritual destination. REPENT ON OUR SINS AND MAKE JESUS YOUR LORD!
  • naga city - we felt that quake while we're watching television,around 9 in the evening,,it last for about 30 sec to 1 min...we thought its just like a slight shaking but as it goes by ,,the shaking goes strong,,i've noticed na lng that our door is moving back and forth..and when the shaking bates, I knelt on the floor, and I heard a rumbling noise..I regret that i didnt take some videos in it..that it last for about a minute..
  • naga city,camarines sur - naga city - we felt that quake while we're watching television,around 9 in the evening,,it last for about 30 sec to 1 min...we thought its just like a slight shaking but as it goes by ,,the shaking goes strong,,i've noticed na lng that our door is moving back and forth..and when the shaking bates, I knelt on the floor, and I heard a rumbling noise..I regret that i didnt take some videos in it..that it last for about a minute..
  • Palo, Leyte - minutes before 9pm.. strong shaking.. lasted 2mins.. lights went out.. the chandelier was swaying like a "sea dragon".. the Blue Moon was staring at us .. it was almost a creepy night..
  • Cotabato City - Light to moderate shaking that lasted about five seconds.
  • Infanta, Quezon - I thought i was dizzy,, then i heard the news!
  • USGS Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 12:47 7.6 34 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 12:47 7.6 20 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 12:47 7.5 45 MAP
  • Cebu, Philippines - i felt it this few minutes
  • Daanbantayan, cebu, Philippines - 20.50 was the shaking for about 1 minute
  • Mandaue city Cebu - It was for 3 mins. I was playing a game... :
  • Iligan Philippines - (It can feel the Earthquake! Put it on Facebook status haha
  • PHILIPPINES - it was scary and i live in mountains
  • Guinobatan albay - i felt it. a strong shaking when i was surfing the net. i think 10min ago
  • Cagayan de Oro City - The walls started to make creaking sounds.. It took a minute or so till the shaking stopped.
  • Lapu-Lapu City - Our big table (which we used as a table for ping pong) shook kinda wildly, enough to cause headaches and dizziness. I don't really know how it felt from a floor above me since I'm downstairs.
  • cebu - God bless Philippines! xD
  • 5th floor at the office - what a crap! and they want us to stay here and wait for further instructions?
  • Bacolod City Philippines - I was playing an online game when I felt it. I thought I am just dizzy.
  • Cebu City, Philippines - My couch was shaking and my door was swaying... O.o
  • Cebu - i felt it.
  • PHILIPPINES - i felt it here in lapu-lapu city cebu
  • general santos city - i feel very dizzy until now
  • Cagayan de Oro - From our roof deck on the 3rd floor we ran down the street. Strong shaking!
  • Cebu - felt it while im in bed
  • butuan city - our lamp here in our house just fell from table.
  • Bohol - sa FACEBOOK ra naglinog!
  • Tagum City - I palpitated for a while. Take care everyone !
  • UNITED STATES - i am taking chats and now this.
  • cebu city - i felt the shake.
  • blind spot - I was taking chats and now this...
  • Cebu City - a little bit
  • Cagayan de Oro City - Our Chandelier was shaking and other hanging dresses or stuff and I felt a vibration on the ground which really scared me and my mother,but at first we thought it was just my sister because she was shaking in the bed then we asked her to stop but there was still this shaking then we realized that there was an earthquake so we unplugged everything got flashlights,cellphones, important things,etc. And went out of the house then we prayed to God for it to stop after that it stopped Then thanked God
  • cebu city - i felt it for 15 to 20 seconds this brother think that im just being excited to our game in softball but suddenly,my mother told us that there is an earthqueake....Please be safe always guys...
  • Albay - Felt it for about 5-7mins..
  • Koror Palau - I felt the 5-story building shaking while playing Catan. Then we also saw the water shaking in the bottle. Shortly after we received a text and saw the news on BBC.
  • santander, cebu - sa dihang naglakaw ko sa dalan sa probinsiya namo santander the southern most part of cebu province i noticed nga mura kog hubog.. then i found out nag linog diay.....
  • cebu city, philippines - it's a scary experience since it occurred midnight in our region
  • GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Aug 31 02:33 4.1 140 MAP


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    I felt the shaking *
    Country where you felt the earthquake *
    City/Village where you felt the earthquake *
    Street or suburb (area) where you felt the earthquake
    Latitude (area) where you felt the earthquake
    Longitude (area) where you felt the earthquake
    Shaking Strength *
    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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    1. Jomari F. Ortaleza says:

      It's "FEEL" not "FELL" sorry 🙂

    2. Jomari F. Ortaleza says:

      I was in my room then suddenly the door start shaking and i thought it's just my brother but when i fell that the floor is also shaking, i prayed then GOD granted it. Thanks be to GOD.

    3. Shirley Hutter says:

      There is a mistake in the height of the waves, "tsunami waves of 3 centimeters meters (just over an inch)" should probably be meters.

      • Armand Vervaeck says:

        No, not at all. If it would have been 3 meters, a lot of devastation would have been occurred. Tsunami calculations (for alerts) are extremely difficult. This time it was a great luck that it was better than expected, also because the magnitude was (only) 7.6 instaead of 7.0, what is a big difference