5 Mindanao provinces under tsunami alert

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – A tsunami alert has been raised over 20 provinces, five of them in Mindanao, after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake rattled near the coast of Chile at 6:55 a.m. (Philippine time).

Based on latest tsunami bulletin issued at 7:22 a.m., the threatened Mindanao provinces are Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Davao Occidental.

“An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours,” it added.

No evacuation has so far been implemented but coastal communities under the Phivolcs’ tsunami watch are told to “Wait and listen for updates”.

These include Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Quezon, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, and Southern Leyte.

The strong quake has a depth of 33 kilometers and was seen 46 kilometers West of Illapel, Chile in South America, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The USGS report cited the quake occurred “as the result of thrust faulting on the interface between the Nazca and South America plates in Central Chile.”

In the Philippines, minor quakes have so far been reported. As of 2 p.m. on Thursday, 3 magnitude earthquake, with a depth of 24 kms, was observed 36 kilometers southwest of Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat.

  • Sally Tolentino

    Sana hindi ito pahintulutan ng Maykapal dahil marami ang maaapektuhan especially ung mga provinces na namumuhay ng tahimik. kawawa ang mga musmos na bata

  • James Landia

    Hala! ano na kayang update news ukol dito? meron na bang ginagawang paghahanda? alam na ba ng mga said provinces ang kanilang sitwasyon? please enlighten me. thank you

  • Cyrus Gonzaga

    Meron po akong mga kamag-anak sa Samar sana naman ay hindi ito matuloy, at magbigay alam agad ang gobyerno para sa mga gagawing paghahanda para if ever man ay mabawasan ang calamities. #realtalk

  • Kerwin Rodriguez

    Magbigay malasakit po tayo sa ating mga kababayan sa ilang Philippine provinces na ipaalam sa kanila ang sitwasyong ito at wag magpanic since the government are taking actions on this matter. Ipanalangin po natin sila na wag sana matuloy ang nagbabadyang tsunami.