Historic Earthquakes: Tectonic Summary

Magnitude 7.5 MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
2002 March 05 21:16:09 UTC

This thrust earthquake occurred landward of the Cotabato Trench, which is part of a distributed zone of deformation between the Sunda Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate. These plates are converging at a rate of about 6 cm per year. The mechanism is consistent with an interface event occurring on the boundary between the subducting plate and the overlying lithosphere.