Another dangerous very strong earthquake in Samar, Philippines - April 23, 2019

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Update 06:50 UTC:  Buildings are being evacuated BUT look where people are standing beneath concrete hangovers. This is not the place to evacuate. Only OPEN SPACE is the correct environment

Update 06:43 UTC:  Shaking impact on nearby cities and villages and on the population in MMI (Modified Mercalli scaled).
The shaking values are from USGS who reports a far deeper hypocenter than Phivolcs Philippines. Shallower earthquakes are more dangerous for the houses near the epicenter.

Update 06:03 UTC:  PHIVOLCS official report

Update 06:00 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

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2019-04-23 05:37:51

Depth (Hypocenter) : 59 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Samar, Philippines Apr 23 06:41 4.8 42 MAP
USGS Tutubigan, Philippines Apr 23 06:41 4.8 56 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Marabut - It didn't last.. fortunately, cuz if it did there's so many infrastructure that will collapse
  • Misamis Oriental - It lasted 20 seconds or more..
  • Babatngon, Leyte - Strong rumble & shaking; lasted about 45 sec. No apparent property damage. Power lines were swaying but intact. Most people evacuated buildings immediately into open areas.
  • USC, Talamban Campus Cebu City - Located in a building of the University on top of a hill, In a classroom located on the fourth floor. Sitting on a chair to check on student's seatwork when a feel a soft jolt then gentle shaking and students in class were startled with the obvious shaking.
  • USC, Talamban Campus Cebu City - Located in a building of the University on top of a hill, In a classroom located on the fourth floor. Sitting on a chair to check on student's seatwork when a feel a soft jolt then gentle shaking and students in class were startled with the obvious shaking.
  • Naga City, Bicol Region - Moderate shaking
  • Solsogon - Very strong shaking
  • Samar - I like it
  • Compostela Cebu - It began with a heavy jolt. Then shaking, broken with two more jolts. About twelve to fifteen seconds in total.
  • Tacloban - Very strong shaking
  • ISABEL - Moderate shaking
  • Catbalogan Samar - Strong shaking
  • Iloilo City - 5s. Barely felt
  • Roing - 3 seconds
  • Borongan - the quake lasted for around 30 seconds with a couple milder aftershocks. The concrete wall of my apartment has new cracks and some of the stucco finish fell off. We lost power for about 6 hours.
  • Mania - 79
  • GEOFON Samar, Philippines Apr 23 06:41 4.9 56 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Tutubigan, Philippines Apr 23 05:37 6.6 86 MAP
    USGS Tutubigan, Philippines Apr 23 05:37 6.6 86 MAP
    USGS Tutubigan, Philippines Apr 23 05:37 6.4 54 MAP
    GEOFON Samar, Philippines Apr 23 05:37 6.4 59 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Pasay City - lasted for a minute and we all evacuated from our office building
  • roxas city capiz - the shaking lasted only 3 seconds
  • Manito - Moderate shaking
  • Cebu - 15 seconds
  • Cadu City - The shaking only last for about 30 sec.No damage occured
  • Leyte - Very strong shaking
  • Cebu City - Very weak shaking
  • ayala cebu - Moderate shaking
  • Cebu City - Moderate shaking
  • Mandaue City - Weak shaking
  • Iloilo City - Light shaking
  • Cebu City - lasted for more than 10 secs
  • cebu city - it shakes very strongly while working inside the office
  • Cebu Citt - Light shaking
  • Palo, Leyte - Strong shaking
  • CEBU - Light shaking
  • Palo, Leyte - Strong shaking
  • mabolo cebu city - Light shaking
  • Guiuan - Strong shaking
  • San Roque, Marabut, Samar - 4-5 seconds spider cracking in fascia cement finish.
  • Pilar, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte - 4-7 seconds
  • Paknaan Mandaue City - Weak shaking
  • Tacloban City - Very strong shaking
  • Tacloban - Scary
  • Butuan City - Weak shaking
  • Sogod, Southern Leyte - Strong shaking
  • Cebu City - Weak shaking
  • Tacloban City - It was very terrifying. We were in the 2nd floor of the building and iy felt like the building was about to collapse.
  • h abellana st. canduman mandaue city - Moderate shaking
  • San Francisco - Strong shaking
  • h abellana st. canduman mandaue city - Moderate shaking
  • Mandaue City - about 15 seconds
  • Cebu - It was a blast! We felt the whole buulding shake but nothing was damaged
  • Daraga - almost 5 seconds. no damage
  • Village - Feel dizzy. 25 seconds
  • Dumaguete - Light shaking
  • Roxas City - Light shaking
  • Borongan - Strong shaking
  • Bacolod City - Light shaking
  • San Carlos City, Negros Occidental - The shaking lasted for at least 5 seconds. It felt like a light vibration.
  • Davao City - Light shaking
  • Cebu City - Moderate shaking
  • cebu city - The experience was so traumatic being on the 8th floor of a building
  • ORMOC city - light crack on house walls
  • Mandaue City, Cebu - Light shaking
  • Camarines Sur - 15secs.
  • Cebu City - Light shaking
  • Cagayan de Oro City - The earthquake last for 20 to 25 minutes, we are praying that it will stop because we are in the 3rd floor of the building and the shaking was too strong.
  • Palo City - Strong shaking
  • Cadiz City - Light shaking
  • Toledo City - I did not felt right away cause I'm driving a car. When I stopped and turn it off, there I feel that the car seems shaking. Felt about 15 seconds
  • Cavite - Strong shaking
  • mandaue - Moderate shaking
  • Palo, Leyte - I was at the office and I hurriedly went out the exit door when I started feeling the shaking of the ground. It was very strong. Scared that it might last long, me and my husband hurriedly drove to our house to check on our 2-yr. old daughterwas who was alone with her nanny only.
  • Cadiz City, Negros Occidental - coffee inside the coffee maker is shaking and also the water from our fish pond.
  • Cabadbaran City - Our building was obviously swaying, the experience made me dizy
  • CatbaloganCat city - Everything in our room were dancing and shaking rapidly. It lasted for 60 seconds
  • Camarines Sur - weak shaking
  • Palo - Strong shaking
  • Kananga, Ormoc, Leyte - Moderate shaking
  • IT Park QQE - I felt it and it made me dizzy
  • Manila - About 15 seconds no damage caused
  • Silay Negros - 8 seconds shaking-- No damage but we are so nervous here
  • Catbalogan - Moderate shaking
  • Catbalogan - House moved rapidly sideways.
  • Liloan, Cebu - Our sofa is missing one leg so I could really feel it sway around 10 seconds.
  • Catbalogan City - Many many things fell from our shelves now our house is filled with wine fumes and everything was dancing violently
  • Cagayan de Oro City - Very weak shaking
  • Talisay City, Cebu - I thought that my bed was swaying a bit due to instability, but when I checked my glass of water in the nearby table, I saw the water being rocked on its own and I knew that the bed was very lightly shaking for 15 seconds not because of the instability but due to the earthquake. My pals also felt it.
  • Tacloban - Strong shaking
  • Gubat, Sorsogon - more or less 10 seconds -no damage
  • naval - scary😞
  • ORMOC CITY - Moderate shaking
  • Tacloban City - The buildings and covered walk are shaking. But, no one is harm.
  • mandaue - Moderate shaking
  • Naval biliran prov - Long light shaking
  • Asiatown IT Park, Apas, Cebu City - No damaged properties and establishments are okay. The shaking lasted for 5 minutes.
  • Bacolod city - 10 seconds the shaking lasted
  • Cebu City - Moderate shaking
  • CEBU CITY - Moderate shaking
  • Bagacay Tacloban city - Several glass food containers and ceramic items fell off shelves and broke. Did not lose power, water, or internet but lost TV signal
  • Lapu-lapu - there was light shaking for less than 10 seconds.
  • Pintuyan Southern Leyte - i think 2 to 2 minutes
  • Bacolod - 5 seconds
  • Kabankalan City - Light shaking
  • Cebu - My office is at the 4th flr of the bldg and the shaking was quite strong and lasted for more than 30 seconds that i was still able to hide under my desk. My co workers from the 7th flr told us that there were cracks in their glass windows from the shaking. I am still nervous and afraid but since we were asked to get back inside the bldg, i did as well. Praying for everyone's safety. After Luzon, Visayas experienced a stronger earthquake today. Praying for the safety of the people in Mindanao.
  • keppel - made me dizzy
  • CEBU - for about 30 seconds hopefully everyone is okay. praying for those people in Mnl and Samar
  • iloilo city - Light shaking
  • Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental - I was sitting inside our house, i thought I was not feeling well because I felt dizzy. Then I looked into an alcohol bottle that was placed above our refrigerator, it was really shaking. I think the shaking lasted for more than 5 seconds.
  • Minglanilla Cebu City - It is during class time when we experience the shaking. It lasted about 10-15 seconds. So far, there's no damage done.
  • Bacolod City - Light shaking
  • A.S Fortuna - Felt for 15 seconds
  • Palo, Leyte - No damage to my property however, the shaking lasted for about a minute more or less.
  • Iloilo - 15 seconds
  • Cebu - Moderate shaking
  • calamba city, laguna - God i felt the eq..
  • Catarman, Northern Samar - The shaking lasted for about 10 seconds, which is more likely to cause tsunami alerts here in our province. Other municipality has had tsunami alerts including Bobon, Rawis etc.
  • Surigao City - Lasted for 15secs
  • sagay city - Light shaking
  • Hernani Eastern Samar - very strong
  • Mandurriao - The shaking was felt but our hotel did not advice us of any evac plan
  • mapanas nortern samar - about 20 to 30 seconds
  • cebu - weak shaking but long time
  • Cagayan de Oro City - Was in the office when it happened. It lasted for about 10 to 20 seconds.
  • Malapascua - Light shaking
  • Malapascua - Light shaking
  • Guiuan - 10 seconds
  • Mandaue City - Moderate shaking
  • Matag ob leyte - I think 10 seconds of shaking. But no damage at home and Thankful for that. Praise the Lord!
  • Lapu lapu City - 10-15 secs of shaking
  • Pilar Sorsogon - lasted aboout 30seconds we felt like swinging hop da people in Samar are all safe..
  • CEBU - it lasted minutes
  • Tanauan, Leyte - The quake lasted for about 8-10 seconds. The concrete wall of our house was moving.
  • Tacloban City - Very strong shaking
  • Ormoc city - 10-20
  • Legazpi City - Moderate shaking
  • CEBU - Light shaking
  • Tagbilaran City - Weak shaking but we definitely felt it. Last around 10 seconds.
  • Talisay City, Negros Occidental - Moderate shaking
  • Tacloban - very strong in tacloban
  • Iloilo - Light shaking
  • Allen , N. Samar - Shaking lasted about 10 seconds
  • Tacloban City - I was riding a transport cab when suddenly it shoke. It was normal at first, that was how I thought but when it was already taking too long, only then have I realized that it was an earthquake. People sorrounding me started to react in different ways. I guess, it lasted for a minute.
  • Cebu City - You can really feel the shaking as we're on the upper floors. Im still feeling dizzy. ;
  • Palo - (It was a strong one and we found cracks on our Building
  • Catarman, Northern Samar - It lasted for about 30 seconds.
  • Sorsogon City - Light shaking
  • Calbayog city - In the hospital where i am working. The shaking was strong enough for the S.O i was interviewing disappeared infront of me like a blink of an eye. Got lucky that my staff kept calm, so for us to gather ourselves before rushing through exits to be outside the premises where our other colleagues stood in disbelief. So far, there is no major damage recorded and patient, staff and others who were in the hospital were Safe.
  • Guihulngan - Shakes a couple of times maybe during 10seconds
  • Iloilo city - ,5 secs
  • Cagayan de Oro - Weak shaking
  • Cebu - Light 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) ?
    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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