Philippines record 87 earthquakes in the month of January

January 3, 2012MANILADid you know that a total of 87 earthquakes occurred in various parts of the country in January this year? Most of them, however, were too weak to be felt, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). For the first three days of February, Phivolcs said 13 earthquakes have already been recorded. The Philippine National Seismic Network has listed the event parameter (hypocenter, time and magnitude) with the intensity based on the Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale. Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum had earlier said that earthquakes occur daily in small scales. Of the 87 tremors recorded in January, eight were in the magnitude of 5 or higher in the Richter Scale. The strongest was a magnitude-5.9 that occurred 55 kilometers northeast of Mercedes, Eastern Samar on Jan. 17 at 8:55 p.m. Earlier on that same day at 6 p.m., a 5.1 magnitude tremor hit an area 29 km northeast of Don Marcelino, Davao del Sur. The next strongest was a magnitude 5.5 that hit 62 km southeast of Virac, Catanduanes on Jan. 28 at 8:17 a.m. At noon on that same day, a 5.0 earthquake occurred at 38 km northwest of Calayan, Cagayan. Another 5.5 quake occurred 41 km northwest of Calayan, Cagayan on Jan. 15. Other quakes of the scale of magnitude 5 were: 5.0 that hit 10 km southwest of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur on Jan. 12; 5.0 at 103 km southwest of Sarangani, Davao del Sur, and 5.3 on Jan. 24 at 8 km northeast of Barobo, Surigao del Sur. Of the 13 earthquakes that occurred during the first three days of February, the strongest had an intensity 5 recorded at 38 km northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar on Feb. 1 at 12:30 p.m. All of these earthquakes were of tectonic origin. In November 2011, a total of 95 quakes were recorded, of which 21 were felt at various intensities. –Zambo Times
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14 Responses to Philippines record 87 earthquakes in the month of January

  1. NickK0 says:

    Hi, Alvin,
    Something to note, that I read today in USA Today : ( Not that it should be a surprise )

    “Two recent papers highlight the shift. One looked at a Death Valley volcano thought to be 10,000 years old and found it last erupted just 800 years ago, and is still an eruption danger. **The other found that large caldera volcanoes, such as the one under Crater Lake in Oregon, can recharge in a matter of decades, rather than the thousands of years previously thought.**”


    • IMH

      Yes, we did a post on that. The truth is, we don’t know what the Earth is going to do. No one was here when they went off in the past. The science of geology is based on the science of rocks and earth. That may be fine for what happened in the past, but that says very little about patterns or frequency of what or why this would occur in the future. A rock is not a crystal ball. Earth scientists are studying everything in cycles, and herein is the rub. Just because something erupted 5,000 years ago, doesn’t mean it will be 5,000 years to the next occurrence. Imagine if we treated heart-attack or stroke victims like the body was a machine. ‘It took you 45 years of your life to have a heart-attack; no medicine is needed because it will be 45 years before it happened again.’ We’ld call that doctor a quack. This is Newtonian mechanical clock science and it’s outdated in a quantum universe. It’s this type of antiquated, rigidity of thinking and hubris that’s going to be man’s undoing.


  2. Irene C says:

    I’ve noticed a lot of activity in the Philippines lately. I’m wondering if this will also mean an increase in volcanic activity.

    Out of curiosity, why is this saying January 3rd? Just wondering.



  3. Philippino Bob says:

    I live in Philippines on Palawan island. Here we had no tremors at all. However this island is almost not part of Philippines and is out and far away from the fault zone.
    The local news almost never report earthquakes unless they create “collateral” damage. Philippinos are carefully kept in the dark concerning any such news because of the incredible number of calamities each year.
    Instead they get 12/7 of dancing and singing which is typical in all third world countries.


  4. Lisa says:

    MAP 6.0 2012/02/04 13:09:30 11.954 125.732 60.2 SAMAR, PHILIPPINES


  5. sarah says:

    REALLY …I havent heard it in the news today…hmmmp


  6. Emmeleia says:

    What is the average for Earthquakes in the Philippines a year. Well Magnitude 5 or higher? It seems like USGS only has 9 listed….all the rest are below that 5mag. From what I can read on the historical maps and records the multitude of them is not that out of the ordinary….Is there something I am missing?


    • 70 aftershocks in a 24 hour period from a 5.6 magnitude earthquake is not normal. The 6.8 earthquake that struck near the Negros region proves that unrest has intensified along the plates squeezing the Philippines. Stay tuned…


  7. Emmeleia says:

    Yeah I just went over that last year month by month and it is about a 50% uptake in the last few months in numbers …..I see it. I am watching, this is something amazing to actually watch these things unfold now. Nature is awesome and Change is a fact. Thanks for reporting.!


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