7.6 quake off Philippines
- Published: 31 Aug 2012 at 20.27
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A 7.6 earthquake struck off the Philippine coast on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning for the eastern part of the archipelago and Indonesia, US seismologists said.
A tsunami alert originally was issued for several countries including Japan and for Pacific islands as far away as the Northern Marianas, but most of them were soon lifted, leaving warnings only for the Philippines, Indonesia and Palau, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
The US Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 34 kilometres and hit at 8.47pm local time, 139 kilometres east of the city of Sulangan on Samar island.
The USGS had initially reported the quake as having a magnitude of 7.9, but revised it to 7.6.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said any wave generated by the quake would be expected to hit Indonesia first, at 1335 GMT. It would then be due to hit the Philippines at 1338 GMT.
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