Series of 11 Strong Earthquakes Hits the Philippines – Hundreds of Smaller Quakes – Fear of Big One

A M5.8 earthquake struck the Philippines on April 11 2017. It was fallowedby a swarm of 9 other strong quakes within 5 hours on the same day. via USGS

This article was originally published by Strange Sounds.

The seismic unrest spreads across the world!

M5.8, M5.7 and 9 other strong quakes hit the Philippines on April 11, 2017, just a day after an unprecedent 370 earthquakes have started swarming El Salvador, in Middle America.

After El Salvador, it’s now the Philippines that experiences a dramatic earthquake swarm with strongest quake measuring M5.8 and M5.7 on the Richter’s scale.

The strong earthquake swarm started in the south of the Philippines (8 earthquakes between M5.7 and M4.6) before spreading to the North-East (2 earthquakes: M5.8 and M4.7).

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2 clusters of earthquakes are observable in the Philippines on April 11, 2017. via USG Earthquake Map

The southern cluster of earthquakes began at 10am and resumed at around 2 am on April 12, 2017:

M 4.6 – 108km SE of Pondaguitan, Philippines
M 5.1 – 148km ESE of Pondaguitan, Philippines
M 5.7 – 124km SE of Pondaguitan, Philippines
M 5.0 – 145km ESE of Pondaguitan, Philippines
M 5.3 – 140km ESE of Pondaguitan, Philippines
M 5.1 – 140km ESE of Pondaguitan, Philippines
M 4.6 – 144km ESE of Pondaguitan, Philippines
M 4.6 – 186km SE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

Then it spread in the northeastern direction with a M5.8 earthquake followed by a M4.6 tremor.

As listed on the Philvocs webpage, this swarm contains hundreds of earthquakes of lower magnitudes. Several oarfish have been found dead in the Batangas Province in the last 2 months (February 2017March 2017), the latest beginning of April 2017.

Is this swarm announcing the next ‘Big One’ in the region?