EARTHQUAKE OF 6.9 HITS PHILIPPINES, TSUNAMI WAVES VIABLE: CENTRE

An earthquake of 6.9 magnitudes hit off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday and dangerous tsunami waves were possible on parts of the coasts of the Philippines and Indonesia, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

There were no quick reports of casualties or damage, from the earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said struck 193 km (120 miles) east of the Philippine city of General Santos, at a depth of 60 km (37 miles).

“Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre along the coasts of Indonesia and the Philippines,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

There was no tsunami warning to the U.S. state of Hawaii, it said.

The USGS originally said the magnitude of the tremor was 7.2 but later lowered it to 6.9.



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