Tsunami Alert Level 2 raised in 19 PH provinces after 8.9-earthquake in Japan

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised a Level 2 Tsunami Alert in 19 provinces after a magnitude-8.9 earthquake hit Japan this afternoon, reports GMA News Online.

Those provinces are the Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Quezon, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur.

Citing Phivolcs, GMA News Tweeted, "Tsunami may hit (the Philippines) between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.... Tsunami waves will arrive in two-hour intervals... one meter in height."

Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. told radio dzBB that there is no evacuation order yet but he advised the communities residing in those areas to wait for additional information in case an evacuation is needed.


AP report


In Japan, the earthquake that struck its northeastern coast triggered a four-meter tsunami that caused severe flooding with cars, boats and even buildings seen carried along by waters, reports The Huffington Post. A series of aftershocks followed, including a 7.4-magnitude quake.

According to The Huffington Post, a tsunami warning was issued for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas, while a tsunami watch was issued for Guam, Taiwan, Indonesia and Hawaii.

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online and The Huffington Post.

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