LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Philippines earthquake today 2012 prompted evacuations in Samar. The Philippines earthquake today striking Mindanao and Samar has resulted in one death and officials advising residents to evacuate from neighboring coastal communities. But an initial tsunami warning for several countries has been cancelled.
The Philippines earthquake activity today August 31, 2012, first reported on LALATE, began with a 7.6 magnitude quake. But since then, a series of substantial aftershock quakes have continued to erupt across the Philippines. Those quakes have been of shallow depth and close to populated regions, officials tell news.
USGS indicates to news that five Philippines earthquakes have since erupted since that larger temblor. All five quakes, moreover, have been in the 5.0+ magnitude range. The most recent quake has erupted within the hour as well.
Officials are concerned, accordingly, about coastal communities. Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) had issued an advisory evacuation for coastal homes. That advisory covered residents of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur. It remained in place until 9 pm local time today.
Meantime, local news is reporting that one person has been died. The individual perished after a house collapsed on him during the initial quake. Several persons were reported trapped in structures after same quake erupted.
Shortly after the first quake, a tsunami alert was issued for Japan, Belau, Taiwan, Guam, and Papua New Guinea. That alert was thereafter lifted, with another warning remaining for residents of Indonesia and the Philippines.
The latest quake has continued to strike the region, far pass the evacuation deadline. A 5.0 magnitude quake erupted moments ago in the San Isidro region. The quake was centered roughly twenty miles below the earth’s surface. USGS indicates the quake was fifty-seven miles northeast of San Isidro and eighty-eight miles east of Guiuan. The quake could also be felt ninety-eight miles east in Placer and in Tandag.
“We have given the alert level three warning, which means there might be waves as high as one meter in the coastal areas near the epicenter,” Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said in a news statement tonight. Solidium said that “Boats at sea are advised to stay in the deeper parts of the open sea until the threat has passed.”