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Tsunami alert triggered by magnitude 7.6 earthquake off Philippines

One News Page Staff
Friday, 31 August 2012

Tsunami alert triggered by magnitude 7.6 earthquake off Philippinesby

A tsunami warning was triggered after a magnitude-7.6 quake struck off the Philippines on Friday

A strong 7.6-magnitude undersea quake struck off the Philippines on Friday, triggering a tsunami alert for the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, the Northern Marianas and Papua New Guinea.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake had its epicenter nearly 60 miles east of Sulangan, Philippines.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued the following statement after the quake struck:

Based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter. An investigation is underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii. If tsunami waves impact Hawaii the estimated earliest arrival of the first tsunami wave is 1228 PM HST FRI 31 AUG 2012.

The quake struck at about 8:47 p.m. local time at a depth of about 21 miles.
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