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Earthquake shake map of Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao USGS

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Ndrrmc Opcen: AREAS. The Tsunami Alert is in effect for the next TWO HOURS from time of issuance.

PLEASE BE ON THE ALERT, COASTAL RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE TO HIGHER GROUND. EXPECT AFTERSHOCKS.

REMAIN CALM

1. Northern Samar
2. Eastern Samar
3. Leyte
4. Southern Leyte
5. Surigao Del Norte
6. Surigao Del Sur

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Lord we pray for no after shocks, no tsunami, no one hurt. IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS we all take refuge.

– if you prayed this prayer… Agree with Amen.

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The Blue moon start at 9:58 p.m. Philippine time but before that time the Philippine experiencing an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 has struck off the coast of the Philippines, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday.

It’s a negative sign of the blue moon. it’s really good or a bad sign?

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The quake prompted a tsunami warning for parts of the Philippines and Indonesia, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

“An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours,” the tsunami warning center said.

The Geological Survey initially said the quake had a magnitude of 7.9 but later revised that figure.

A tsunami watch was in effect for the Marshall Islands, Wake Island, Solomon Islands, several other Pacific islands and parts of Russia, the center said. Authorities did not immediately know whether the earthquake actually had generated a tsunami.

The quake, which was about 20 miles deep, struck just before 8:50 p.m., the agency said. Its center was about 65 miles southeast of the coastal town of Guiuan, in the Philippine province of Eastern Samar.

Aimee Menguilla, information officer of Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the agency is advising regional authorities to alert citizens about possible tsunami waves.

“This is not new to us,” she said. “We do regular tsunami exercises.” But people need to be “particularly alert” because the earthquake occurred at night.

She said the quake was centered in the Marianas Trench in the western Pacific Ocean and was felt in the country’s east. There have been no reports, she said, of damage or injuries.

A hotel employee in Guiuan said people have been advised to seek higher ground because of the tsunami warning. “We are advised to go up,” said Dan Molina.

Ed Serrano, the head of security at the Marco Polo Hotel in the city of Davao, about 250 miles south of Guiuan, said he felt the ground shake.

“The quake was very strong and the hotel guests were panicking. Most of them went outside,” he said. “But now, the situation is under control and we are waiting for official reports on how strong the quake was.”

Marie Elairon was working at the front desk of the Hotel Dona Vicenta in the town of Borongan, the capital of Eastern Samar province. She said she felt shaking for one or two minutes. The quake briefly cut power and phone service, she said. She was unaware of any injuries.

Joy Buano, who works at the Magueda Bay Hotel, said the quake shook the area around Catbalogan City. But she said she witnessed no injuries or damage.

An initial tsunami warning issued for Japan, Taiwan and several Pacific islands was lifted.

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A Tsunami Warning was issued after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Eastern Samar a little past 8:30pm. Coastal areas facing the Pacific Ocean are immediately requested to evacuate. The following areas are:

1. Northern Samar
2. Eastern Samar
3. Leyte
4. Southern Leyte
5. Surigao Del Norte
6. Surigao Del Sur

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An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 hit 139km east of Sulangan, Samar, 8:45 p.m. Philippine Time, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Meanwhile, the US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a tsunami warning for Indonesia and the Philippines immediately after the earthquake.

In a live interview on GMA News’ “State of the Nation”, Phivolcs director Renato Solidum reiterated the tsunami warning and called for possible evacuation in affected areas.

“Dahil malakas ang lindol, nag-raise na ang Phivolcs ng tsunami warning and possible evacuation warning sa Samar, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, and other provinces facing the Pacific Ocean,” he said.

“They should take precaution because posibleng one meter or more ang taas [ng alon],” he warned.

The USGS summary placed the epicenter of the earthquake in the sea just off the coast of Samar.

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A major 7.9 earthquake hit the sea area east of the Philippines on Friday and a tsunami warning was issued for the archipelago, Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan, US seismologists sai

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The US Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 34 kilometres (21 miles) and hit at 8:47 pm (1247 GMT) some 139 kilometres east of the city of Sulangan, eastern Samar.

A tsunami warning was also issued for Papua New Guinea and Guam, and a tsunami watch was in effect for the Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands and Nauru, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.

The warning center said any wave generated by the quake would be expected to hit Indonesia first.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it was a magnitude 7.7 earthquake.

Phivolcs said the earthquake’s epicenter was recorded at the Philippine trench, between Samar Island and Mindanao at 8:47 p.m.

Authorities said Intensity 6 was felt in Ormoc and Sorsogon.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said a tsunami warning alert has been raised in the coastal areas of eastern Samar, parts of southern Leyte and Surigao del Norte.

Solidum said residents in these areas are advised to evacuate their homes and go to higher ground as a precautionary measure.

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