Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

4 Mar 15:00 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 23 minutes.

Update Thu, 4 Mar 2021, 15:06

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake strikes near Digos, Davao del Sur, Davao, Philippines

4.9 quake 4 Mar 10:36 pm (GMT +8)

4.9 quake 4 Mar 10:36 pm (GMT +8)

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake near Digos, Davao del Sur, Davao, Philippines, was reported only 29 minutes ago by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in this part of the world. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter late at night on Thursday 4 March 2021 at 10:36 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Magsaysay (pop. 16,600) located 8 km from the epicenter, Bansalan (pop. 21,400) 12 km away, Digos (pop. 116,100) 27 km away, and Kidapawan (pop. 79,700) 29 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Buluan (pop. 28,000) located 34 km from the epicenter, Tacurong (pop. 54,600) 48 km away, Bañga (pop. 58,900) 52 km away, Davao City (pop. 1,212,500) 66 km away, and Budta (pop. 1,273,700) 90 km away.
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Date & time: 4 Mar 2021 14:36:43 UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 10:36 pm (GMT +8)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.75°N / 125.11°E (
Davao del Sur, Davao, Philippines)
Nearest volcano: Apo (32 km / 20 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
8 km (5 mi) WSW of Magsaysay (pop: 16,600) –> See nearby quakes!
12 km (8 mi) WSW of Bansalan (Davao del Sur) (pop: 21,400) –> See nearby quakes!
27 km (17 mi) W of Digos (pop: 116,100) –> See nearby quakes!
29 km (18 mi) S of Kidapawan (Soccsksargen) (pop: 79,700) –> See nearby quakes!
34 km (21 mi) E of Buluan (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) (pop: 28,000) –> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) E of Tacurong (Soccsksargen) (pop: 54,600) –> See nearby quakes!
52 km (32 mi) NE of Bañga (Soccsksargen) (pop: 58,900) –> See nearby quakes!
66 km (41 mi) WSW of Davao City (pop: 1,212,500) –> See nearby quakes!
90 km (56 mi) SE of Budta (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) (pop: 1,273,700) –> See nearby quakes!
983 km (611 mi) SSE of Manila (National Capital Region) (pop: 1,600,000) –> See nearby quakes!

Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 22.2°C (72 F), humidity: 89%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from SSE

Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 tons of TNT) More info

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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Magnitude Depth Location Source
M 4.9 10 km Mindanao, Philippines BMKG

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