Tsunami alert issued for Philippines, Palau and Japan after 7.6 magnitude earthquake

The notification, issued by the US Tsunami Warning Center, currently concerns the Philippines, the Palau Islands and Japan. The SHOA ruled out that a tsunami could affect the coasts of Chile.

A preliminary magnitude 7.6 earthquake in the eastern Philippines on Saturday triggered a tsunami warning for much of the Pacific region.

SHOA rules out Chile tsunami after 7.6 Philippines earthquake

The alert, issued by the US Tsunami Warning Center currently affects Philippines, Palau Islands and Japan . The advice regarding Malaysia and Indonesia has been withdrawn.

The earthquake was recorded around 11:37 a.m. this Saturday (Chile time), about five kilometers east of the beach line of Campa town, in the municipality of Surigao del Sur, with a hypocenter located at 32 kilometers deep, according to estimates by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

In Chili the National Disaster Prevention and Response Service (Senapred) analyzed the earthquake and concluded that “the characteristics of the earthquake do not meet the necessary conditions to generate a tsunami on the coasts” of the country.

For its part, the Philippine Institute of Seismology (PHIVOLCS) confirmed the tsunami alert for its country and urged residents of coastal areas of Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental to immediately evacuate to higher ground or move inland.

“According to the local tsunami scenario database, Waves more than a meter high above normal tides are expected and which may be higher in enclosed bays and straits. A destructive tsunami is expected, with waves of height that pose a danger to life,” the institute warned in a statement reported by the Philippine network ABS-CBN.

The first wave will arrive on Saturday between 10:37 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. (local time) and will then persist for hours, according to the official projection.

“Boat owners in ports, estuaries or open coasts of the above provinces should secure their boats and move away from the coast. Vessels that are at sea must remain so until further notice,” added the Institute.

Cities like Bislig, Surigao del Sur, Cabadbaran or Agusán del Norte confirmed that they felt the earthquake, reports ‘The Manila Times’ newspaper.

In Japan The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami warning for the Pacific coasts, particularly for the Chiba, Shizuoka and Kagoshima prefectures. A one-meter-high tsunami could reach Miyako Island around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Source: Latercera

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