7.9 Cebu Earthquake Friday August 31, 2012 8:48 PM

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A 7.9 Earthquake in Cebu, Philippines – Cebu Earthquake Friday August 31, 2012 8:48 PM; Information about Terrible Earthquake today in Cebu, Philippines.
Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado said in a radio interview that he told all town mayors in the province to evacuate all families living in coastal areas. Evacuation is also ongoing in Eastern Samar and Surigao.
A 7.9 Earthquake rocked Cebu Philippines at Cebu Earthquake Friday August 31, 2012 8:48 PM and lasted for 2 minutes!
Tsunami warning issued over Magnitude 7.9 earthquake off Samar
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Update: Sources say it seems that Bicol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, North Cotabato, Cagayan De Oro, & Cebu have felt this. The map below shows the exact place where the earth quake struck.

We will keep you up to date with the possible tsunamis warnings.

(2nd) Update this just in

evacuation
“People in threatened coastal areas are strongly advised to immediately evacuate,” the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said late Friday.

“Boats at sea are advised to stay in the deeper parts of the open seas until the threat has passed. If there is sufficient time, boats in harbors and enclosed bays are advised to go to the deeper parts of the open seas until the threat has passed.”

The quake, which was about 20 miles deep, struck just before 8:50 p.m., authorities said. Its center was about 65 miles southeast of the coastal town of Guiuan, in the Philippine province of Eastern Samar.

The quake prompted a tsunami warning for parts of the Philippines and Indonesia, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The U.S. Geological Survey initially said the quake had a magnitude of 7.9 but later revised that figure.

A tsunami watch was in effect for the Marshall Islands, Wake Island, Solomon Islands, several other Pacific islands and parts of Russia, the center said. Authorities did not immediately know whether the earthquake actually had generated a tsunami.

“An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours,” the tsunami warning center said.

The Philippines coastal areas of Northern Smar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur fall under the tsunami alert.

Aimee Menguilla, information officer of Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the agency has advised regional authorities to alert citizens about possible tsunami waves.

SUNAMI ALERT 3 is in effect, Please LIKE, SHARE and update us of your situation. Areas in RED are in HIGH RISK AREAS. The Tsunami Alert is in effect for the next TWO HOURS from time of issuance.

PLEASE BE ON THE ALERT, COASTAL RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE TO HIGHER GROUND. EXPECT AFTERSHOCKS.

The earthquake was also located at 175 kilometers northeast of Surigao, 187 kilometers east southeast of Tacloban, Leyte and 749 kilometers southeast of Manila, the US Geological Survey said.

The USGS issued a tsunami warning in the Philippines, as well as in Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan and Guam.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum advised residents in Surigao del Norte, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte and Bicol to be on alert for possible aftershocks.

He also advised those living in coastal villages in these areas to evacuate due to the tsunami warning.

Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado said in a radio interview that he told all town mayors in the province to evacuate all families living in coastal areas. Evacuation is also ongoing in Eastern Samar and Surigao.

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