7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mindanao, Philippines: Tsunami Warnings Issued for Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia

Dec 2, 2023 at 5:04 PM Update: an hour ago

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported. Tsunami warnings have been issued for the Philippines, Japan and parts of Indonesia, Palau and Malaysia.

The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 64 kilometers, according to the EMSC. According to the United States National Weather Service (NOAA), the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.7.

A warning has been issued for the Philippines from 5 p.m. Dutch time due to a tsunami caused by the earthquake. The waves are expected to be around 1 to 3 meters high in some places. The tsunami is also predicted to last for hours, reports the Philippine seismological agency PHIVOLCS.

A tsunami warning has also been issued for the western coast of Japan. The tsunami, estimated to be of the same height, will probably reach Japan on Saturday at 5:30 PM (Dutch time).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, should also prepare for tsunami waves. It is unclear how high they will be.

It is still largely unclear what the further consequences of the earthquake will be. According to police chief Raymark Gentallan of the coastal town of Hinatuan, near the epicenter of the earthquake, the power has been off since the earthquake. No casualties or damage have been reported yet.

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