31 Aug '12, 2pm

Tsunami alert after Philippine quake

MANILA - A 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the sea area east of the Philippines on Friday and a tsunami warning has been issued for the region, the US Geological Survey and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 34 kilometres and hit at 8.47pm (1247 GMT) some 139 kilometres east of the city of Sulangan, eastern Samar. The tsunami warning was issued for the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and other islands in the Pacific including the US state of Hawaii. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later lifted the tsunami alert for Japan, Taiwan and several Pacific islands but kept it in place for the Philippines and Indonesia. The predicted landfall timings for the first of any tsunami waves, which would have hit Indonesia and the Philippines, had passed without immediate reports of damage. The magnitude ...

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