Earth Quakes

Pacific Ring of Fire

The Philippines are within the “Pacific Ring of Fire”. Three tectonic plates meet in the Philippines’ underground.

The movements of these 3 tectonic plates are the reason for the very frequent earthquakes in the Philippines. We count 9 to 18 earthquakes per day. Most of them are weak and nobody feels them but zero to three times per year a strong to devastating earthquake shake the islands. The last extreme earthquake happened on October 15, 2013 in Bohol. This magnitude 7.2 earthquake and the more than 300 aftershocks destroyed many houses, churches, roads and bridges.

Strongest Quakes 2019

This map shows the ten strongest earthquakes inside PAR, the Philippines Area of Responsibility.

The diameter of the circles show approximately the region where the earthquake could be felt.

Data is provided by PHIVOLCS.

Magnitude ≥ 6 Magnitude ≥ 6 6 > Magnitude ≥ 5 6 > Magnitude ≥ 4 Magnitude < 4 Magnitude < 4
010 km N 65° W of San Julian (Eastern Samar)
Date: 2019-04-23 | Hour:13:37 | Magn:6.5 | Depth:61km
038 km N 02° W of Burgos (Surigao Del Norte)
Date: 2019-03-08 | Hour:23:06 | Magn:6.2 | Depth:16km
088 km S 51° E of Governor Generoso (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2019-05-31 | Hour:18:12 | Magn:6.2 | Depth:78km
018 km N 58° E of Castillejos (Zambales)
Date: 2019-04-22 | Hour:17:11 | Magn:6.1 | Depth:10km
117 km S 49° E of Governor Generoso (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2019-01-16 | Hour:04:03 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:40km
048 km N 89° E of General Luna (Surigao Del Norte)
Date: 2019-02-08 | Hour:19:55 | Magn:5.9 | Depth:11km
051 km S 29° E of Lila (Bohol)
Date: 2019-07-02 | Hour:00:59 | Magn:5.9 | Depth:554km
033 km N 22° E of Itbayat (Batanes)
Date: 2019-07-27 | Hour:07:37 | Magn:5.9 | Depth:8km
011 km N 02° W of Itbayat (Batanes)
Date: 2019-07-27 | Hour:09:24 | Magn:5.8 | Depth:13km
009 km N 50° E of Alabel (Sarangani)
Date: 2019-03-16 | Hour:07:07 | Magn:5.6 | Depth:96km

Strongest Quakes 2018

This map shows the ten strongest earthquakes inside PAR, the Philippines Area of Responsibility.

The diameter of the circles show approximately the region where the earthquake could be felt.

Data is provided by PHIVOLCS.

Magnitude ≥ 6 Magnitude ≥ 6 6 > Magnitude ≥ 5 6 > Magnitude ≥ 4 Magnitude < 4 Magnitude < 4
169 km S 40° E of Governor Generoso (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2018-12-29 | Hour:11:39 | Magn:7.2 | Depth:59km
009 km S 03° W of Manay (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2018-09-08 | Hour:15:16 | Magn:6.4 | Depth:10km
062 km S 53° E of Tarragona (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2018-04-05 | Hour:11:53 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:34km
047 km N 28° W of Pandan (Catanduanes)
Date: 2018-05-05 | Hour:14:19 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:16km
003 km N 73° W of Pualas (Lanao Del Sur)
Date: 2018-11-04 | Hour:15:55 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:619km
014 km S 44° E of South Upi (Maguindanao)
Date: 2018-05-11 | Hour:02:02 | Magn:5.9 | Depth:527km
009 km S 07° W of Libjo (Dinagat Islands)
Date: 2018-05-10 | Hour:19:56 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:16km
004 km S 42° E of Glan (Sarangani)
Date: 2018-07-03 | Hour:17:59 | Magn:5.6 | Depth:95km
157 km S 46° E of Governor Generoso (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2018-12-29 | Hour:17:12 | Magn:5.6 | Depth:35km
378 km S 47° E of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2018-04-03 | Hour:17:14 | Magn:5.5 | Depth:102km

Strongest Quakes 2017

This map shows the ten strongest earthquakes inside PAR, the Philippines Area of Responsibility.

The diameter of the circles show approximatively the region where the earthquake could be felt.

Data is provided by PHIVOLCS.

Magnitude ≥ 6 Magnitude ≥ 6 6 > Magnitude ≥ 5 6 > Magnitude ≥ 4 Magnitude < 4 Magnitude < 4
235 km S 26° E of Tongkil (Sulu)
Date: 2017-01-10 | Hour:14:13 | Magn:7.2 | Depth:654km
047 km S 26° W of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2017-04-29 | Hour:04:23 | Magn:7.2 | Depth:57km
016 km N 77° W of Surigao City
Date: 2017-02-10 | Hour:22:03 | Magn:6.7 | Depth:10km
020 km S 45° W of Nasugbu (Batangas)
Date: 2017-08-11 | Hour:13:28 | Magn:6.3 | Depth:178km
008 km S 17° W of Mabini (Batangas)
Date: 2017-04-08 | Hour:15:09 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:9km
013 km N 56° W of Wao (Lanao Del Sur)
Date: 2017-04-12 | Hour:05:20 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:1km
013 km S 82° W of Surigao City
Date: 2017-03-05 | Hour:08:08 | Magn:5.9 | Depth:13km
023 km N 09° E of Malapatan (Sarangani)
Date: 2017-08-05 | Hour:08:30 | Magn:5.9 | Depth:70km
147 km S 43° E of Governor Generoso (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2017-04-10 | Hour:18:38 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:54km
312 km S 42° E of Sarangani (Davao Occicental)
Date: 2017-12-29 | Hour:01:20 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:56km

Strongest Quakes 2016

This map shows the ten strongest earthquakes inside PAR, the Philippines Area of Responsibility.

The diameter of the circles show approximatively the region where the earthquake could be felt.

Data is provided by PHIVOLCS.

Magnitude ≥ 6 Magnitude ≥ 6 6 > Magnitude ≥ 5 6 > Magnitude ≥ 4 Magnitude < 4 Magnitude < 4
53km S 39° E of Governor Generoso (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2016-11-01 | Hour:21:38 | Magn:9.9 | Depth:18km
041km S 40° E of Mati (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2016-09-24 | Hour:06:53 | Magn:6.5 | Depth:42km
313km S 42° E of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2016-01-12 | Hour:00:37 | Magn:6.4 | Depth:29km
019km N 40° W of Baliguian (Zamboanga Del Norte)
Date: 2016-04-14 | Hour:02:21 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:16km
016km S 39° E of Talacogon (Agusan del Sur)
Date: 2016-09-04 | Hour:10:38 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:8km
413km S 49° E of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2016-04-05 | Hour:16:29 | Magn:5.9 | Depth:81km
265 km S 75° E of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2016-12-04 | Hour:13:24 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:164km
030km S 32° W of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2016-02-28 | Hour:17:06 | Magn:5.6 | Depth:187km
055km S 52° W of Sabtang (Batanes)
Date: 2016-06-20 | Hour:02:20 | Magn:5.6 | Depth:25km
037km S 37° E of General Luna (Surigao del Norte)
Date: 2016-01-14 | Hour:21:14 | Magn:5.5 | Depth:11km

Strongest Quakes 2015

This map shows the ten strongest earthquakes inside PAR, the Philippines Area of Responsibility.

The diameter of the circles show approximatively the region where the earthquake could be felt.

Data is provided by PHIVOLCS.

Magnitude ≥ 6 Magnitude ≥ 6 6 > Magnitude ≥ 5 6 > Magnitude ≥ 4 Magnitude < 4 Magnitude < 4
092 km N 40 E of Virac (Catanduanes)
Date: 2015-02-02 | Hour:23:13 | Magn:6.2 | Depth:1km
047 km N 47 E of Burgos (Surigao del Norte)
Date: 2015-07-03 | Hour:14:43 | Magn:6.1 | Depth:26km
155 km S 31 W of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2015-09-02 | Hour:09:18 | Magn:6.1 | Depth:312km
043 km S 55 W of San Antonio (Zambales)
Date: 2015-01-11 | Hour:03:31 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:84km
136 km S 19 E of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2015-06-16 | Hour:05:04 | Magn:5.8 | Depth:130km
109 km N 71 E of Mercedes (Eastern Samar)
Date: 2015-02-10 | Hour:21:29 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:40km
058km N 36° W of Bolinao (Pangasinan)
Date: 2015-11-08 | Hour:03:40 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:45km
016 km S 11 W of Simunul (Tawi-Tawi)
Date: 2015-01-20 | Hour:01:19 | Magn:5.6 | Depth:35km
070 km S 69 W of Palimbang (Sultan Kudarat)
Date: 2015-01-21 | Hour:04:33 | Magn:5.5 | Depth:620km
091 km S 76 W of Pangutaran (Sulu)
Date: 2015-02-25 | Hour:09:31 | Magn:5.5 | Depth:17km

Strongest Quakes 2014

This map shows the ten strongest earthquakes inside PAR, the Philippines Area of Responsibility.

The diameter of the circles show approximatively the region where the earthquake could be felt.

Data is provided by PHIVOLCS.

Magnitude ≥ 6 Magnitude ≥ 6 6 > Magnitude ≥ 5 6 > Magnitude ≥ 4 Magnitude < 4 Magnitude < 4
108 km S 50 W of Kalamansig (Sultan Kudarat)
Date: 2014-12-02 | Hour:13:11 | Magn:6.4 | Depth:673km
076 km S 65 W of Hinoba-an (Negros Occidental)
Date: 2014-05-15 | Hour:18:16 | Magn:6.3 | Depth:58km
214 km S 89 W of Itbayat (Batanes)
Date: 2014-11-21 | Hour:11:29 | Magn:6.2 | Depth:32km
106 km S 47 E of Don Marcelino (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2014-07-14 | Hour:15:59 | Magn:6.1 | Depth:8km
201 km N 22 W of Zamboanga City
Date: 2014-12-29 | Hour:17:29 | Magn:6.1 | Depth:34km
070 km S 84 W of Vigan (Ilocos Sur)
Date: 2014-04-22 | Hour:04:45 | Magn:5.9 | Depth:16km
133 km S 71 E of Jose Abad Santos ( Davao Occidental)
Date: 2014-05-11 | Hour:21:30 | Magn:5.8 | Depth:55km
075 km N 72 E of Hernani (Eastern Samar)
Date: 2014-12-21 | Hour:08:25 | Magn:5.8 | Depth:10km
031 km S 89 W of Burgos (Ilocos Norte)
Date: 2014-02-17 | Hour:13:56 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:23km
031 km S 58 E of Sarangani (Davao Occidental)
Date: 2014-05-09 | Hour:13:44 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:113km

Strongest Quakes 2013

This map shows the ten strongest earthquakes inside PAR, the Philippines Area of Responsibility.

The diameter of the circles show approximatively the region where the earthquake could be felt.

Data is provided by PHIVOLCS.

Magnitude ≥ 6 Magnitude ≥ 6 6 > Magnitude ≥ 5 6 > Magnitude ≥ 4 Magnitude < 4 Magnitude < 4
006 km S 24° W of Sagbayan (Borja) (Bohol)
Date: 2013-10-15 | Hour:08:12 | Magn:7.2 | Depth:12km
046 km N47°E of Sarangani (Davao Del Sur)
Date: 2013-02-16 | Hour:12:37 | Magn:6.2 | Depth:85km
051 km N 32° E of Basco (Batanes)
Date: 2013-04-11 | Hour:04:20 | Magn:6.1 | Depth:36km
042 km S 68° E of Uyugan (Batanes)
Date: 2013-09-06 | Hour:19:33 | Magn:6 | Depth:183km
195 km S 23° W of Palimbang (Sultan Kudarat)
Date: 2013-11-03 | Hour:19:04 | Magn:6 | Depth:556km
013 km N 5° W of Carmen (North Cotabato)
Date: 201-06-01 | Hour:22:10 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:5km
007 km N 64° E of Carmen (North Cotabato)
Date: 201-06-03 | Hour:04:08 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:10km
048 km S 02° E of Mati (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2013-12-04 | Hour:07:58 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:37km
121 km N 47° E of Burgos (Surigao del Norte)
Date: 201-06-08 | Hour:10:11 | Magn:5.6 | Depth:55km
253 km S 24° W of General Santos City
Date: 2013-05-10 | Hour:01:45 | Magn:5.6 | Depth:493km

Strongest Quakes 2012

This map shows the ten strongest earthquakes inside PAR, the Philippines Area of Responsibility.

The diameter of the circles show approximatively the region where the earthquake could be felt.

Data is provided by PHIVOLCS.

Magnitude ≥ 6 Magnitude ≥ 6 6 > Magnitude ≥ 5 6 > Magnitude ≥ 4 Magnitude < 4 Magnitude < 4
112 kmS 78°, E of Guiuan (Eastern Samar)
Date: 2012-08-31 | Hour:20:47 | Magn:7.6 | Depth:45km
5 km N 41° W of Tayasan Negros Oriental
Date: 2012-02-06 | Hour:11:49 | Magn:6.9 | Depth:10km
190 km N, 58°E of Burgos (Surigao del Norte)
Date: 2012-08-31 | Hour:21:27 | Magn:6.8 | Depth:13km
390 km S, 23°E of Sarangani (Davao del Sur)
Date: 2012-08-26 | Hour:23:05 | Magn:6.6 | Depth:92km
20 km N, 57°E of Tandag (Surigao Del Sur)
Date: 2012-11-03 | Hour:2:17 | Magn:6.5 | Depth:78km
109 kmN 70°, E of Burgos (Surigao Del Norte)
Date: 2012-08-31 | Hour:21:14 | Magn:6.4 | Depth:10km
2 km N 77° W of Tayasan (Negros Oriental)
Date: 2012-02-06 | Hour:18:10 | Magn:6.2 | Depth:2km
162 km S, 17°E of Mati (Davao Oriental)
Date: 2012-06-15 | Hour:9:14 | Magn:6 | Depth:46km
80 km S, 90°W of Candelaria (Zambales)
Date: 2012-06-17 | Hour:6:18 | Magn:6 | Depth:4km
72 km N, 29°E of Burgos (Surigao del Norte)
Date: 2012-09-01 | Hour:7:38 | Magn:6 | Depth:32km

Strongest Quakes 2011

This map shows the ten strongest earthquakes inside PAR, the Philippines Area of Responsibility.

The diameter of the circles show approximatively the region where the earthquake could be felt.

Data is provided by PHIVOLCS.

Magnitude ≥ 6 Magnitude ≥ 6 6 > Magnitude ≥ 5 6 > Magnitude ≥ 4 Magnitude < 4 Magnitude < 4
356 km S 42° E of Jolo (Sulu)
Date: 2011-02-10 | Hour:22:39 | Magn:6.6 | Depth:572km
281 km S 46° E of Jolo (Sulu)
Date: 2011-02-10 | Hour:22:42 | Magn:6.3 | Depth:515km
83 km S 49° W of Cauayan (Negros Occidental)
Date: 2011-07-12 | Hour:04:47 | Magn:6.2 | Depth:4km
122km N 39° E of Laoag City
Date: 2011-03-20 | Hour:16:26 | Magn:6.1 | Depth:39km
140 km S 90° W of Palauig (Zambales)
Date: 2011-11-30 | Hour:08:26 | Magn:6.0 | Depth:16km
35 km S 29° W of Iba (Zambales)
Date: 2011-07-26 | Hour:01:15 | Magn:5.9 | Depth:30km
42 km N 13° E of Mamburao (Occ. Mindoro)
Date: 2011-05-23 | Hour:00:42 | Magn:5.8 | Depth:117km
119 km N 57° W of Basco (Batanes)
Date: 2011-02-15 | Hour:15:18 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:63km
054 km S 57° E of Surigao City
Date: 2011-03-03 | Hour:23:11 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:3km
12 km N 89° E of Lubang (Lubang Island)
Date: 2011-03-21 | Hour:18:37 | Magn:5.7 | Depth:74km

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