Tsunami waves of 40 cm in Japan after the Philippines earthquake: Group | Earthquake News
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck at least Mindanao in the southern Philippines, prompting evacuation orders.
Tsunami waves of 40 cm (1.3 feet) were seen on the Japanese island of Hachijojima, about 290km (180 miles) south of Tokyo, after a major earthquake in the Philippines, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The agency earlier on Sunday warned that the waves could reach a meter (3 feet) in height.
An earthquake of at least magnitude 7.5 struck Mindanao in the southern Philippines, prompting evacuation orders for some areas of the country and for the southwestern coast of Japan.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said late on Saturday that the waves could hit the Philippines before midnight (16:00 GMT) and continue for hours although there were no initial reports of major damage from the waves before that time
The US Tsunami Warning System initially said waves of up to 3 meters (10 feet) above the normal high tide level could occur along some parts of the Philippine coast. They later said there was no danger of a tsunami.
“Based on all available data, … the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now passed,” he said.
Phivolcs said people living near the coast in the provinces of Surigao Del Sur and Davao Oriental should “evacuate immediately” or “move further inland”.
“Boats already at sea at this time should remain offshore in deep waters until further notice,” he said.
Both regions are largely rural and sparsely populated unlike other parts of the Philippines.
Japanese broadcaster NHK said tsunami waves of up to 1 meter were expected to reach Japan’s southwestern coast by 1:30 a.m. Sunday (16:30 GMT Saturday).
Phivolcs said they did not expect major damage from the quake itself but warned of aftershocks.
The region was quickly hit by more than a dozen aftershocks, the largest measuring 6.4, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC).
Raymark Gentallan, local police chief in the coastal city of Hinatuan near the epicenter of the quake, said power had been knocked out since the quake struck but disaster response teams had yet to check. prevent any injury or damage.
“We are evacuating people away from coastal areas,” he told the Reuters news agency.
Pictures posted on social media by the local administration in Hinatuan, which has a population of about 44,000 people, showed scores of residents and queues of vehicles moving towards higher ground with one large shelter in were several dozen people.
Earthquakes are common in the Philippines, which lies on the “Ring of Fire”, a belt of volcanoes surrounding the Pacific Ocean that is prone to seismic activity.
The EMSC said the magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at a depth of 63km (39 miles) while the United States Geological Survey put the quake at a magnitude 7.6 and a depth of 32km (20 miles) and he said she crashed at 10:37 p.m. 14:37 GMT).