Fake tsunami warnings via SMS cause panic in Cebu, residents in mad dash to higher ground

Interaksyon.com reports that in the wake of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit off Negros island on Monday (February 6), fake tsunami warnings-which were spread via text messages-caused Cebu City residents to panic. As people made a mad dash for higher ground, traffic got jammed.

A video clip taken in Cebu on Monday, February 6, when fake tsunami alerts sent people running. (YouTube video uploaded by user accarl)

 

Interaksyon.com reports that "in the wake of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit off Negros island" on Monday (February 6), fake tsunami warnings-which were spread via text messages-caused Cebu City residents to panic. As people made a mad dash for higher ground, traffic got jammed.

 

The Interaksyon.com report noted: "However, the main seismic event or the two aftershocks felt within half an hour of the first tremor had not caused as much tumult as the false report of a tsunami already encroaching the city’s downtown district at 2 p.m."

 

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