The Manila Trench is an oceanic trench in the Pacific Ocean, situated west of the islands of Luzon and Mindoro. This subduction zone reaches a depth of about 5,400 metres, in contrast with the average depth of the South China Sea of about 1,500 metres. The Manila Trench is at the moment quite lively. Yesterday a magnitude 6.2 earthquake followed a collection of medium powerful quakes.
Manila Trench Dangers
The probable for a tsunami celebration originating alongside the Manila trench, similar in scale to the 2004 South Asia tsunami has been forecasted. The source of this tsunami would be really proximal to the coast of Taiwan (~100km). The earthquake causing this celebration has been predicted to be of magnitude 9.3 (more powerful than the 9. magnitude 2004 Sumatra occasion). This enormous earthquake, which would be the 2nd strongest in current background, would have a complete length of 990km and a greatest wave top of 9.3 meters. This event would lead to really serious flooding, in particular in Taiwan, and could affect locations up to 8.5 km inland. The predicted tsunami would reach the southern coast of Thailand in about 13 hrs and achieve Bangkok in 19 hours. This catastrophe would also have an effect on the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and China.
The most recent significant scale party originating from the Manila Trench was the 2006 Pingtung twin earthquakes. These 7. earthquakes had 8 minutes of offset and generated a 40 centimeter tsunami which transpired to be the most significant tsunami expert on the southwest Taiwan coastline. The epicenter of these twin earthquakes originated on the north section of the Manila Trench.
Yesterday’s earthquake in the Manila Trench did not induce a tsunami. In spite of the terrific distance, the quake was felt with depth III in Calayan, Cagayan and Laoag Town. Depth II was felt in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and Basco, Batanes.
Monitor all Philippine earthquakes on our interactive Earthquake Page. This quake experienced been quantity 1811 this year.