Thursday, September 17, 2015

LEGASPI CITY, PHILIPPINES.  Following the 8.3 magnitude earthquake that hit off Chile on Wednesday night that killed 5 people and shook places across South America, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised a tsunami alert over 20 provinces in the Philippines. 

Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Ansepmo) told that Albay residents are already warned to  keep themselves updated for further alerts.

Although no evacuation orders have been given, people along coastal areas facing the Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Sea should keep watch and keep monitoring sea level changes as Chile quakes had the potential of generating a destructive tsunami, Ansepmo said.

The provinces included in the alerts are:

  • Batanes group of Islands
  • Sorsogon
  • Cagayan
  • Northern Samar
  • Isabela
  • Leyte
  • Quezon
  • Southern Leyte
  • Aurora
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Camarines Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Camarines Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Albay
  • Davao del Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Davao Occidental
Here's the full text of the Phivolcs advisory:

Chile updates

Meanwhile in Chile, as it nears 3 a.m, at least one million people are on the streets taking refuge from the major earthquake that has been followed by flooding and waves reported to be as high as 4.5 m.

The magnitude 8.3 quake that shattered Chile's central zone, Santiago, Chile on September 16, Wednesday is by far the largest quake to hit the country since February 2010 tremor that claimed at least 500 people. 

Tsunami warnings are also issued for Peru, Chile, New Zealand, California and Hawaii. 


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