PHILVOLCS ALERTED COASTAL AREAS FOR POSSIBLE TSUNAMI

PHILVOLCS warned the coastal communities to be on alert for updates on a possible tsunami following a magnitude-8 earthquake in Mexico.

Areas fronting the Pacific Ocean were alerted and warned since earthquakes have a general trigger to generate “a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region” within minutes to hours.

Here are the areas that were mentioned on PHILVOLCS’ warning:

– Batanes Group of Islands
– Cagayan
– Ilocos Norte
– Isabela
– Quezon
– Aurora
– Camarines Norte
– Camarines Sur
– Albay
– Catanduanes
– Sorsogon
– Eastern Samar
– Northern Samar
– Leyte
– Souther Leyte
– Surigao del Norte
– Surigao del Sur
– Davao Oriental
– Davao del Sur
– Davao del Norte
– Davao Occidental

However, officials clarified that there are still no evacuation instructions. Nonetheless, every one is advised to stay alert.

The magnitude-8 earthquake that hit Mexico was dubbed the strongest earthquake to hit the country since the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that resulted to about 5,000 casualties.

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According to officials, the epicenter was 123 km (76 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, with its hypocenter having a depth of 33 km (21 miles).

The coastal communities are warned that multiple tsunami waves are possible according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Source: GMA News


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