Several countries are under tsunami warnings after a strong earthquake hit an island in the Philippines. The Philippine Seismological Agency Phivolcs urged coastal residents in two provinces to “immediately evacuate” inland.
On Saturday, a strong earthquake occurred off the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It had a magnitude of 7.5, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported.
The US agency Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning that may threaten the Philippines, Indonesia, Palau and Malaysia. The Japanese meteorological service issued an alert for the areas of the country located on the Pacific Ocean.
The Philippine Seismological Agency Phivolcs 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.
The waves can be up to three meters high
Tsunami waves may reach one to three meters above sea level in some areas of the Philippine coast, Reuters reported, citing the American warning system. The tsunami is not expected to exceed one meter off the coast of Palau, an island nation about 800 kilometers east of the Philippines.
According to the Philippine seismological service, the first waves may hit before midnight Polish time, and water accumulations may persist for “hours”.
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.
Main photo source: USGS