A strong earthquake hit the Philippines on Saturday. Tsunami warnings were in effect in several Asian countries. There is no information yet about damage or injuries caused by the tremors.
The earthquake occurred late Saturday evening on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. It had a magnitude of 7.5, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported.
Shortly after the tremors, the American Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the Philippines, Indonesia, Palau and Malaysia, and the Japanese meteorological service announced an alert for the country’s areas bordering the Pacific Ocean.
After 6 p.m. Polish time, the agency announced that there was no longer a tsunami threat and withdrew the warning. “The tsunami threat caused by this earthquake has passed,” it said. It added that “slight sea level fluctuations are possible in some coastal areas.”
Due to the tsunami risk, the Philippine Seismological Agency Phivolcs earlier urged coastal residents in Surigao Del Sur and Davao Oriental provinces to “immediately evacuate” inland. It also warned fishing boat crews to stay away from land.
Tsunamis, destructive ocean waves, are most often caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption. In the depths of the ocean, these waves are often barely noticeable, even though they can move at the speed of a jet plane. When they reach shallow waters near land, they rise up to several dozen meters.
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