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Sat Dec 29, 2018, 10:53 AM

Tsunami warning withdrawn after 6.9-magnitude quake strikes off southern Philippines

Source: Straightstimes, ( REUTERS, AFP)

MANILA (REUTERS, AFP) - A strong earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday (Dec 29), raising fears of dangerous tsunami waves across the region but after about two hours, the tsunami warning was withdrawn. There were no reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake, which the US Geological Survey (USGS) said struck 193km east of the Philippine city of General Santos, at a depth of 60km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially said "hazardous tsunami waves" were possible within 300 km of the epicentre", along the coasts of the Philippines, Indonesia and the Pacific island nation of Palau. But about two hours after the quake struck, the centre said there was no longer a tsunami threat.


Read more: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/69-magnitude-quake-strikes-off-southern-philippines-usgs



Every once in a while there is good news. Look at these two sentences in the above story. ".."but after about 2 hours, the tsunami warning was withdrawn." There were no reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake, which the US Geological Survey (USGS) said struck 193km east of the Philippine city of General Santos, at a depth of 60km. But about two hours after the quake struck, the center said there was no longer a tsunami threat."

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