Philippines Earthquake August 31, 2012: 7.7 Magnitude Quake triggers Tsunami Alert

By on Aug 31, 2012 in Asia, Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments
Philippine earthquake 2012 location

Philippine Quake August 31, 2012 location
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Philippines was hit by a 7.7-magnitude quake in the area of eastern Samar on Friday, August 31, 2012, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has raised a level 3 tsunami alert for the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, the Northern Marianas and Papua New Guinea.

Renato Solidum, PHIVOLCS Director, said that residents near the coastline of eastern Samar Island were advised to evacuate to high ground in anticipation of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) earlier said that the undersea quake has a 7.9-magnitude but later lowered it to 7.6-magnitude.

According to the USGS, the quake has a depth of 34.9 kilometers and was centered 106 kilometers east of Samar Island.

In a DZMM radio interview, authorities say that residents in affected areas have evacuated to mountains on fear of the tsunami alert.

The Philippine Coast Guard reportedly stopped ships from going out into the sea in relation to the tsunami warning.

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