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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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President Benigno Aquino III on Friday officially announced the appointment of Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas as the next Department of Interior and Local Government chief, replacing the late Jesse Robredo who died in a plane crash.

Cavite Representative Joseph Emilio Abaya, meanwhile, will take over Roxas’ post.

Aquino made the announcement in a Palace briefing at the President’s Hall past 1 in the afternoon. Both Roxas and Abaya were present when Aquino announced their new designations.

“Kailangan natin ng isang tao na may katulad sa atin na layunin. Kailangan ng isang kabalikat na magsusulong ng lahat ng prinsipyong ipinaglalaban natin. Sa kanya ako nagtiwala ano man ang mangyayari. Alam kong itutuloy mo, Mar, ang mga ipinaglalaban natin,” Aquino said on Roxas’ appointment.

Aquino said Roxas was on top of a “very short list” of names considered to replace Robredo, and that he is “very, very capable” of handling his new duties.

“Sa pagsabak ni Mar sa DILG, kailangang mahusay din ang pupuno sa iiwan niyang puwesto sa DOTC. At tiwala naman tayo sa kakayahan ni Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya,” Aquino said on Abaya’s appointment.

“Alam nating kung mapupunta sa maling kamay ang liderato ng ahensyang ito, madaling pagsamantalahan ang mga proyektong napakalaki, at napakateknikal kaya madali ring itago sa publiko. Kumpiyansa tayong maipagpapatuloy ni Jun ang mga proyekto sa DOTC,” Aquino also said.

The President appealed to the Commission on Appointments to quickly act on the appointments of Roxas and Abaya.

“Nakikiusap po tayo sa Commission on Appointments sa Kongreso na ikumpirma sa lalong madaling panahon sina Mar at Jun,” Aquino said.

“Hindi po sila makakaupo hangga’t hindi sila nako-confirm ng Commission on Appointments. Kailangan na po natin sila upang agad na ring maka-arangkada ang mga proyekto’t inisyatiba ng kani-kanilang kagawaran, at ng buong bayan,” Aquino added.

Roxas and Abaya are ranking officials of the ruling Liberal Party: Roxas is party president while Abaya is the secretary-general. Aquino is party chairman.

Accepting his new designation, Roxas vowed to continue the policies started by Robredo.

“Napakalaki, napakalawak, napakaselan at napakabigat ng responsibilidad ng pagiging DILG secretary. More than this, I have big shoes or tsinelas to fill. Hindi po ako si Jessie Robredo. Marami pa po akong kakulangan,” Roxas said.

“Pabubungahin ko ang kanyang [Robredo] mga itinanim lalo na ang pagbibigay ng dignidad sa mamamayan. Transparency, accountability and people empowerment at ang pagsali ng karaniwang tao sa pagdedesisyon…. Ito ang hallmarks ng liderato ni Sec Jesse at lahat ng ito ay ipagpapatuloy natin,” he added.
Meanwhile, Abaya said taking over Roxas’ post as DOTC secretary will be no easy feat.

“Succeeding Sec. Mar… are tough shoes to fill, too,” Abaya said.

However, he vowed to do his best in his new position and to continue with the projects started by Roxas in the DOTC.

He also mentioned improving airport infrastructures as one of his plans, and promised to continue the investigation regarding Robredo’s death.

Budget Secretary Butch Abad was the only other LP member in Aquino’s Cabinet aside from Roxas before the day’s announcement was made.

The among names floated for Robredo’s replacement included Mar, Abaya, Senator Panfilo Lacson, former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca and Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Roxas: From banker to senator then Secretary

Born Manuel Araneta Roxas II on May 13, 1957, Roxas graduated from the Wharton School of Economics of the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
He then worked as an investment banker in New York until 1986 and eventually became assistant vice president of the New York-based firm Allen & Company.
He also helped organize a series of investment roundtable discussions with the American business community for then President Corazon Aquino, mother of President Benigno Aquino III.
Roxas also served as congressman representing the first district of Capiz from 1993 to 2000.  He also served as majority leader at the House of Representatives.
He also headed the Department of Trade and Industry from 2000 to 2003, during the administration of former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
In 2004, he was elected as a senator with nearly 20 million votes, supposedly the highest for any senator in Philippine history.
In 2007, he was appointed by officials of the Liberal Party national executive council as party president.
Roxas was supposed to run for president in the 2010 national elections but he eventually decided to run as Aquino’s vice president.  However, he lost to now Vice President Jejomar Binay, against whom he has a pending electoral protest.
After the one-year constitutional ban on the appointment of defeated candidates lapsed, Aquino appointed Roxas as secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications on June 7, 2011, replacing Jose de Jesus.

In October 2011, the Commission on Appointments confirmed Roxas’ appointment.

Roxas, 55, is married to ABS-CBN News anchor Korina Sanchez.

For a complete list of his projects and achievements, you may click here.

Abaya: Emilio Aguinaldo’s great grandson

Abaya, 46, is the second son of three-term first district Cavite Rep. Plaridel Abaya and the great grandson of former President Emilio Aguinaldo.
He studied electrical engineering at the University of the Philippines from 1983 to 1984.  While he was studying there, he took the entrance exams for the Philippine Military Academy.
He topped the exams and was sent to study at the United States Naval Academy in Maryland, USA where he earned a mathematics degree in 1988.  He graduated with honors and was ranked second among all the graduates.
He went on to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1990 from Cornell University in New York and a law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2005.
Abaya is on his second term as representative of the first district of Cavite.

He is currently the chairperson of the House committee on appropriations and secretary general of the Liberal Party.

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