Philippines: Earthquake of 6.9 magnitude hits, USGS warns tsunami ahead

A massive earthquake on Saturday, about 6.9 magnitude has struck off southwest Philippines city of Tacloban, triggering a tsunami warning in the area, with some small waves expected to hit the southern region of the country and also neighbouring Indonesia, according the reports by the US Geological Survey (USGS).

According to news reports, there were no immediate reports related to damage and injury occurred from the earthquake, which has hit at a depth of 41 km, about 580 km southwest of Manila, the capital.

The reports said the earthquake stuck at a depth of 59 km southeast of Davao city, a week after a volcano explosion that has triggered tsunami which killed more than of 400 people in Indonesia.

It has issued a yellow notice for a potential economic losses, but said deaths were unlikely.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre warns that “hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible” along Indonesia’s coasts and the Philippines.

Philippine monitors warned “minor sea level disturbances” were expected.  “People are advised to stay away from the beach and not to go to the coast fronting the Philippine Sea.”

According to the USGS reports, there were low causalities and damage, though it warned the recent earthquake had cause landslides.

Indonesia and Philippines lies on so-called “Ring of Fire”, a Pacific Ocean region, where several earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occurs.

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