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Published Saturday, December 29, 2018
A very strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 (PHIVOLCS) hit near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 03:39 UTC on December 29, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 54 km. Both USGS and EMSC registered it as M7.0 at a depth of 60 km.
Minor sea level disturbances such as strong currents and rapid rise and fall of seawaters are expected, PHIVOLCS said. The concerned public is advised to be on alert for unusual waves.
"Based on tsunami wave models and early tide gauge records of the tsunami in the Philippine Sea, coastal areas in Philippine provinces fronting the Philippine Sea are expected to experience wave heights of less than one meter above the normal tide levels. The first tsunami waves will arrive between 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM, December 29, 2018 and may not be the largest.
"These waves may continue for hours. People are advised to STAY AWAY FROM THE BEACH AND NOT TO GO TO THE COAST fronting the Philippine Sea of the following provinces during this 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM, and until the threat has passed: Compostela Valley Davao Del Norte Davao Del Sur Davao Oriental Davao City Sarangani South Cotabato Agusan Del Norte Agusan Del Sur Surigao Del Norte Surigao Del Sur People whose houses are located very near the shoreline of these provinces are advised to MOVE FARTHER INLAND.
"Owners of boats in harbors, estuaries or shallow coastal water of the above mentioned provinces should secure their boats and move away from the water front. Boats already at sea during this period 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM should stay offshore in deep waters until further advised."
There are about 20 000 people living within 100 km. The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
Little or no landsliding and liquefaction is expected, but some could have occurred in highly susceptible areas.
There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Philippines M7.2 earthquake Facts
Affected Area: 350 km.
Alert Level: Green
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