Strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck Leyte, Philippines

Strong and dangerous earthquake with magnitude 5.7 struck Leyte, Philippines today at 07:58:05, March 16, 2012 UTC according to USGS. The epicenter was located 25 km (15 miles) NNE of Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines (10.041°N, 125.670°E). The depth of epicenter reported by USGS was 35.4 km (22.0 miles).

Phivolcs, the seismological agency of the Philippines has reported a magnitude of 5.9 at depth of 16 km, which makes this earthquake even more dangerous than initially reported when depth was thought to be much deeper.

Aftershocks are expected.

Magnitude 5.7
  • Friday, March 16, 2012 at 07:58:05 UTC
  • Friday, March 16, 2012 at 03:58:05 PM at epicenter
Location 10.041°N, 125.670°E
Depth 35.4 km (22.0 miles)
Distances 25 km (15 miles) NNE of Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines
115 km (71 miles) N of Butuan, Mindanao, Philippines
116 km (72 miles) S of Guiuan, Samar, Philippines
716 km (444 miles) SE of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12.6 km (7.8 miles); depth +/- 4.1 km (2.5 miles)
Parameters NST=396, Nph=402, Dmin=328.4 km, Rmss=0.84 sec, Gp= 43°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=E
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb0008i6m

Featured image: Google Earth + USGS


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