Deadly earthquake in Leyte, Philippines - July 6, 2017

Update 09:32 UTC: The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported that a total of 707 houses in Ormoc City were totally damaged by the magnitude-6.5 earthquake last week.

Update 17:44 UTC: Final toll
- dead
- 187 injured (7 in serious condition)
- 50 families had to be evacuated

Update 16:42 UTC: Another video giving a better view on the image

Update 16:38 UTC: M6.5 Leyte #earthquake (Philippines) FM and location consistent with rupture of Central Philippine Fault Zone, north of 1608 epicenter
Via Stéphane Baize

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Update 20:23 UTC: Another photo showing normal faulting where one on the main movements is 2 parts of the fault plane pulling out of each other.

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Update 17:47 UTC: the latest bulletin from PHIVOLCS (nr. 5) with a lot of reported intensities

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Update 17:04 UTC: 8 people have been rescued from the collapsed building in Kananga, Leyte (where 1 person was killed).

Update 16:55 UTC: The images below are in line with the Focal Mechanism below. What we see here is normal faulting (subsidence of the road) and strike slip (horizontal displacement)

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Update 14:44 UTC: As we have eaten up our Google maps allowances the Google maps (lower end of the site) are returning an error. Tomorrow they will be back.

Update 14:40 UTC: This is the best video so far giving a good idea of the damage and the kind of buildings damaged

Update 14:31 UTC: As far as we could see, only older buildings have collapsed or have been heavily damaged.

Update 14:15 UTC: Unfortunately we have to report that at least 2 people have been killed (1 in a landslide in Ormoc and 1 in a collapsd building in Kananga). Many more have been injured.
This is a preliminary status. Once we will have more news, we will share it with our readers. Initial reports are speaking of collapsed infrastructure, cracked roads and landslides.

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Update 11:48 UTC : Revised potential damage expectation from CATnews Germany
Initial estimates have been reduced, however major impact still expected yet the event could have been much worse considering location and magnitude

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Update 11:35 UTC: Given the new intensity position:- Deaths = 2 to 118 with a median of 24 deaths.  Economic losses have also reduced - $4.2-16.1 million with $9.8 million median.

Update 10:32 UTC: Power outages reported in Leyte, Samar & Bohol

Update 10:32 UTC: Ormoc airport being evaluated re- reported damage at the end of runways 36 and 18 due to this PM's quake in Leyte.

Update 10:27 UTC: So far no official numbers of the damage and number of injuries

Update 10:26 UTC: Philippine Red Cross transported patient to Mandaue District Hospital due to minor injuries.

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Update 10:24 UTC:

Update 09:50 UTC: Back to work! Magnitude 6.9 quake wasn't a big deal reports this person from Cebu City, approx. 110 km from the epicenter

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Update 09:44 UTC: Meg Giles Kirby Tupaz was on her way from Tacloban to Ormoc and she reports that the damage can be clearly seen along the way. Below a street view from Ormoc, only 12 km from the epicenter. People remaining outside their houses but NO visible damage to be seen

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Update 09:43 UTC: No power in Daanbantayan, according to PIO

Update 09:10 UTC: Local PHIVOLCS first report. To be noticed is the limited MMI shaking value in Tacloban City which may result is less damage than initially thought

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Update 09:05 UTC: This earthquake will normally NOT generate Tsunami waves as the Magnitude is not powerful enough (besides a couple of exceptions, the Magnitude needs to be at least M7 of higher)

Update 08:59 UTC: As you can see on the map below, powerful earthquakes are very common the Leyte region. They go up to M7.1

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Update 08:56 UTC: On the positive side we have to mention that most of the houses are wooden houses which will have a lot earthquake resistance. This may decrease the potential damage a lot.

Update 08:55 UTC: CATDAT comes with a range of economic loss = $12.2-41.8 million with a value of $24.9 million.

Update 08:52 UTC: PHIVOLCS Philippines reports an extremely shallow depth of 2 km. USGS has changed his initial Hypocenter depth from 40 km into 6.5 km. These depths main certainly a destructive depth near the epicenter. Also an extremely likely outcome for secondary damage like landslides.

Update 08:50 UTC: Fatality estimate CATDAT using Philippines data: 36-297 fatalities In reality CATDAT expects (based on historic records in the Philippines approx. 100 deaths :((

Update 08:40 UTC: Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects :
Injured min/max: 300/2000
fatalities  min/max: 30/600

Update 08:37 UTC: CATnews damage estimate for this earthquake. Extremely dangerous.

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Update 08:25 UTC: The Focal Mechanism of the earthquake
Do beach balls looks like Chinese or Latin to you, check this article "Understanding Beach Balls"
We see a mainly spreading movement with a horizontal motion. Even at a depth of 40 km still very dangerous at this Magnitude

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Update 08:15 UTC: Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, calls this earthquake extremely dangerous and expects injuries and serious damage

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Masarayao, Philippines, 3.2 km (2.0 mi) NNEPopulation: 2,085
Ormoc, Philippines, 12.3 km (7.6 mi) NNEPopulation: 191,200
Carigara, Philippines, 21.0 km (13.0 mi) SSWPopulation: 17,495
Palompon, Philippines, 28.1 km (17.5 mi) ENEPopulation: 12,087
Cebu City, Philippines, 119.9 km (74.5 mi) NEPopulation: 798,634

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-07-06 16:03:59

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-07-06 08:03:59

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Basey, Philippines Jul 06 10:31 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Cebu city - It was light shaking here
  • cebu - Very strong shaking
  • Ormoc City, Leyte - The earthquake that hit Ormoc City,Leyte last 6 July 2017 was very strong. We could see the other houses and buildings shake. But thanks be to God, this happened when there is still light. If it were in the evening, there might have been more damage and injuries. God is good.
  • ormoc city - Strong shaking
  • EMSC Samar, Philippines Jul 06 10:31 4.6 10 MAP
    PTWC Jul 06 08:11 6.9 0 MAP
  • Tacloban City - We were in the office, and we felt the shaking for about 30 1 minute with an aftershock after a few minutes. We all vacated the building calmly.
  • Lahug - We felt it the twice with 10 secs interval
  • Leyte - It was strong. I felt it inside of our house. Lasted a minute. And the power is out.
  • Carigara, Leyte - Motors have fallen down and very strong shaking was felt
  • Mandaue City - We felt it here at Mandaue City, Cebu. Hanging fixtures where shaking. We exited the building just for a few seconds and just came back a little while later. Officer chairs where shaking visibly.
  • Catarman Northern Samar - Shaking lasted about a minute or two. -Catarman N. Samar
  • Palompon, Leyte - We ran outside as it shook the entire house
  • Baybay - Very strong quake, roof flying off like hell. water from pond was also shaking, fishes jumping off water, cars shaking etc. everything went well though. I thought it was a bomb blast from N korea.
  • Visca,Baybay City, Leyte - My office is located at the top of a small mountain in Leyte and I felt the earth moved very strongly. I can compare it to the same earthquake in Cebu City sometime 2012.
  • Sagay City - Naa ko run sa Brgy.Bulanon Sagay City, ug naka batyag gyud kos linog ba samtang nalibang ko. Tingala ko henglukso akong t** hing linog na diay. Ako diay c Jesson Dj Jzone Gelantaga-an. Mao ra. 🙂
  • Cebu City - it was shaking for roughly 30 seconds
  • Ormoc City - Damages inside the store where I am working. The quake was really strong. Lasted for like almost 20secs. The siren alarmed twice.
  • Cebu City - I was in my room, and everything was shaking.
  • Cebu - There is no damage. We felt mild shake
  • Talisay City, Cebu Isl. - Several single short shocks like crashes wagging my chair. No visible damage. Some 10-20 sec.
  • Mandaue - the shaking lasted for around 5 sec
  • Lilion - Things in my house are broken and Transmission lines are damage there is no electric power
  • cebu - Felt it in IT Park, Lahug, our office is at the ground flr. Light shaking..
  • Cebu - At school we approximately felt the quake lucky for us that we've conducted an earthquake drill in the morning so we firmly prepared when the quake happen a while ago
  • cebu city - kusug jud kaau
  • Apas Lahug Cebu City - I was on the 11th Floor, i was on Skype with my boyfriend and cooking then felt the building was somehow shaking but not that strong like in the year 2013, when the Bohol incident happened. No advice to evacuate the building.
  • MARASBARAD TACLOBAN CITY - I was on the cashier section paying for my book at a bookstall located inside the ROBINSON's mall,when the electric power went off. After that,we felt the quake. The shaking was light at first then it intensified until those who were on the 2nd and 3rd floor rushed down from the bldg.Almost all of us went out and started checking. Some panic and terrified esp. The elderlies and pregnants while others remained calm.There was no casualty reported at the place where i happen to be in.
  • USGS Canhandugan, Philippines Jul 06 08:04 6.9 41 MAP
    USGS Pastrana, Philippines Jul 06 08:03 6.9 40 MAP
    GEOFON Leyte, Philippines Jul 06 08:03 6.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Cebu city - Strong shaking here
  • Tacloban City - No damage but it lasted for less than 2 minutes.
  • Mandaue City - The vibration is felt and it last more or less 7 seconds.
  • Cebu City - we can feel it here. I am in 7th floor.
  • Baras, Palo, leyte - Around 20 seconds... we are in a seminar (senior high school mass training of teachers on common topics) in oriental hotel... electricity went off and all of us managed to escape in orderly and calm manner.... stayed outside and waited for around 20 minutes outside the building. Everybody's safe...
  • Cebu - Shaking lasted around 20-40 seconds.
  • Palo, Leyte - No damage, only fear because I was working on my computer doing monthly reports, and the whole computer table was shaking, even my office chair. Everybody in the office had to go out of the building even if the doors are shaking to ride out the tremors.=
  • Cebu city - (There was light shaking.Chair where i am sitted was moving.It lasted for about 4sec.
  • Cebu City - Lasted about 10 seconds
  • Palompon, Leyte - The shaking lasted for at least 5 seconds. The roofs of the buildings shook violently that you can hear it. The electrical posts shook too. One of the students in our school even cried during the earhtquake
  • Mandaue City - We felt it here in Mandaue City. Hanging fixtures where shaking quite visibly and office chairs where shaking. The electricity was intermittent (lights flashing/low power) a few seconds before the shaking but there was no visible damage nor full blown power interruption.
  • LAHUG - I was doing something in my computer while having a class and then just sit, suddenly there was a minute of black out and after the black out there it follows a strong shaking while i'm sitting i wasn't able to know how many minutes because I didn't mind the minutes due to feeling nervous.
  • USGS Masarayao, Philippines Jul 06 08:03 6.5 6 MAP
  • cebu city - no damage , it lasted for maybe 10-15 seconds
  • Sagay City - Im in my room and I feel the earthquake.
  • Cebu City - I'm in the 10th floor building and I can feel the shaking of the building but yet there was no advise to evacuate the building.
  • Isabel, Leyte - No property damage but it took about 5-7 seconds
  • Palompon - it was strong things inside my house are shaking and falling. I can hear a strange sound outside. Damage on some of my things and the power is out.




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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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