Philippines hit by 7.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami warning in Indonesia, Palau for brief while

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First Published 29, Dec 2018, 12:11 PM IST
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Philippines hit by 7.0 magnitude earthquake tsunami warning in Indonesia and Palau too
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he Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has urged people to stay away from the cost, at least till 2 PM today. The tsunami warning center said, “Tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above the tide level for the coasts of Indonesia, Palau and the Philippines.”

The southern Philippines was jolted by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Saturday and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center urged people to avoid the coast for possible tsunami waves. The centre had also said that there were possibilities of tsunamis in parts of Indonesia and Palau.

However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration operated centre later lifted its warning for a potential tsunami. 

The epicentre of the quake was along the coasts of Indonesia and the Philippines and the tremors hit the region at 11:39 AM (local time). 

CNN reported that the quake occurred about 62 miles southeast of the city of Pondaguitan and 120 miles southeast of Mindanao's largest city, Davao.

The US Geological Survey initially measured the magnitude of the earthquake as 7.2, but later revised that number to 6.9 and then to 7.0.

The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has urged people to stay away from the cost, at least till 2 PM today. The tsunami warning centre said, “Tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above the tide level for the coasts of Indonesia, Palau and the Philippines.”

Last week a tsunami struck Indonesia and claimed hundreds of lives. The authorities have warned of more deadly tsunamis in the region as Anak Krakatau may erupt again. 

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