Strong undersea quake reported near Philippines, people advised to avoid in case of tsunami


Manila, Philippines– A strong undersea earthquake struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday and the head of the nation’s quake-monitoring firm advised individuals in a southeastern province to avoid beaches in case of a tsunami. No casualties or damage have been reported, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center raised its caution for a potential tsunami that could hit seaside locations of the southern Philippine and Indonesia.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology stated that the quake was identified at a depth of 30 miles and a magnitude of 7.1 about 100 miles off Davao Oriental province. It stated that it might generate aftershocks but the company did not expect any damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey stated the quake hit at a depth of 37 miles and determined 6.9.

Renato Solidum, who heads the quake-monitoring institute, said that a major tsunami was not likely offered the depth of the quake and other factors however advised villagers to avoid the beach in Davao Oriental province and removed regions for about two hours after the quake struck around twelve noon as a safety measure.

The quake was felt in some seaside locations, he stated.

Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the quake doesn’t have the possible to cause a tsunami impacting Indonesia.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated there is not a tsunami hazard to Hawaii, CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB reports.

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