Tsunami warning issued after Samar Magnitude 7.9 earthquake

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Tsunami warning issued after Samar Magnitude 7.9 earthquake

Earthquake Alert – 31 August 2012 at 9:47PM – Based on United States Geological Survey – Magnitude 7.9 – 198 km East Southeast of Borongan Samar at 8:47PM. We advise units in the Visayas area to be on alert. We are awaiting PHILVOLCS report
and everyone to be calm. Please advise us if you felt the earthquake and log your location. Thank you.

Tsunami Warning has been issued by Pacific Tsunami Warning center to eastern Central Visayas, Northern Eastern Mindadano and Southern Luzon, regions facing the Pacific.An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 hit 139km east of Sulangan, Samar, 8:45 p.m. Philippine Time, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Meanwhile, the US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a tsunami warning for the Philippines and other land areas in the Pacific that may be affected.

Philippine authorities reiterated NOAA’s warning and called for affected provinces to prepare for possible evacuation.

Stand by for possible evacuation —Phivolcs, NDRRMC

In a live interview on GMA News’ “State of the Nation”, Phivolcs director Renato Solidum issued a Tsunami Alert Warning level 3 —indicating waves of one meter in height or more— and called for possible evacuation in affected areas.

“Dahil malakas ang lindol, nag-raise na ang Phivolcs ng tsunami warning and possible evacuation warning sa Samar, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, and other provinces facing the Pacific Ocean,” he said.

“They should take precaution because posibleng one meter or more ang taas [ng alon],” he warned.

“Ang ating eastern seabord, sa may Samar at Leyte, sa may Philippine Trench nangyari ang lindol kaya from Cagayan Valley to Surigao del Norte ay kailangan mag-ingat ang mga tao,” said NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos.

So far, according to Ramos, no casualties have yet been reported as of 9:30 p.m.

The earthquake was felt as far as Baguio, where it registered at Magnitude 2, Ramos said.

Earthquake epicenter

The USGS summary placed the epicenter of the earthquake in the sea just off the coast of Samar.

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