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7.2 quake hits Philippines

Manila, Dec 29 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/29/2018 11:13:33 AM IST

A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines island of Mindanao on Saturday that prompted authorities to issue a tsunami warning that was lifted later. No damage or casualties were reported.

The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) initially said that the quake, which occurred off the island of Mindanao, was 7.1 magnitude. Later, in a revised bulletin, it said the 7.2-magnitude tremor struck at 11.39 a.m. at a depth of 54 km, 170 km southeast of Governor Generoso, a town in Davao Oriental province. In a statement, the Phivolcs said that effects due to minor sea level disturbances had largely passed and therefore the agency was cancelling the tsunami advisory issued after the quake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre also cancelled its alert and said minor sea level fluctuations could occur in coastal areas near the quake in the coming hours. The tremor, which was of tectonic in origin, was also felt in many parts of Mindanao including Sarangani, Koronadal City, General Santos City, Davao City and Zamboanga City.

According to the Phivolcs, nearly 10 aftershocks occurred with the highest magnitude of 3.9.

Moderate to large quakes are not rare in the Philippines, an archipelago that sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire," a seismically active region due to colliding continental plates.

 

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