LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A massive Philippines earthquake today 2012 has struck Mindanao and Samar. The Philippines earthquake today struck roughly fifteen minutes ago and was centered east of Manila. No tsunami alert has been issued.
Moments ago, a 7.9 magnitude Philippines earthquake struck off the east coast. The quake today Friday, August 31, 2012 erupted shortly before 9 PM local time. The quake was one of the strongest to strike the region in recent memory.
USGS indicates to news that the quake delivered a nominal depth. The quake was centered only twenty minutes below sea level. As a result, the quake could be felt across the region.
USGS indicates to news that the quake registered a 7.9 magnitude. But that preliminary magnitude is expected to be updated within the next fifteen minutes, officials tell news.
The quake was centered only ninety-one miles east of Guiuan, Samar. The quake was roughly one hundred thirty miles northeast of Surigao, Mindanao. The quake could also be felt in the east, roughly one hundred forty miles from Tacloban, Leyte. And USGS indicates to news that the quake was approximately five hundred miles southeast of Manila. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service reports that no tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in place currently.
In March this year, a massive quake injured twenty-three residents. The Philippines earthquake was located closest to Surigao, Mindanao. Surigao City suffered the worse reported damage. A mall in the Surigao City reportedly experienced blown out windows. Shoppers were injured in a rush to exit the structure. Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas reported a stampeded erupted of shoppers, injuring bystanders.
Today’s quake, unlike the March quake, is centered out to water. The March quake was centered in the Leythe region. It was reportedly seventy-two miles from Butuan and Guiuan. USGS put the quake at roughly five hundred miles southeast of Manila.
In February, the Philippines was struck by a strong 5.0 magnitude quake. That quake, however, had a significant depth. USGS reported to news that the quake struck over one hundred miles below the earth’s surface. As a result, the quake was not felt across a wide region of the Philippines today.
UPDATE: A tsunami warning has now been issued for Japan, Belau, Taiwan, Guam, and Papua New Guinea.