Philippines issues local tsunami alert after quake hits between islands
Residents scamper to safety after a 6.8 earthquake hit Cebu City on Monday.
February 6th, 2012
12:57 AM ET

Philippines issues local tsunami alert after quake hits between islands

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Monday off the third-largest island in the Philippines, prompting the country to issue a tsunami alert for the coastlines near the epicenter.

The quake struck about 11:49 a.m. (10:49 p.m. Sunday ET) about 70 kilometers (44 miles) from the coastal city of Dumaguete on the Philippine island of Negros, the USGS said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology issued a level 2 tsunami alert for areas along the Tanon Strait between Negros and the neighboring island of Cebu.

That's a notch below the highest tsunami alert of level 3, which requires evacuation of the affected areas, a spokeswoman for the institute said.

She said the institute was advising people to watch out for unusual waves and to stay away from the shoreline.

No tsunami warning was issued for the wider Pacific region and there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Superman

    Can you predict when california is becoming an island

    February 6, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Any word?
    Being as you have family there, and all.
    2nd time posted.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    I haven't heard from my brother in law yet. My wife called him earlier and hasn't heard back yet. He's in Canada at the moment but his wife and kids are in Dumaguete. They should be OK, most of the casualties and damags are further up the coast in Guihulngan from the news reports I'm reading, but we'll see shortly.

    February 6, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Thank you.
      May the people of the Philippines make it through this okay.

      February 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    I just heard back, everyone is fine. They felt it, but the building held up and no one got hurt.

    That is not however the case through much of the Guihulngan area. Keep those people in your thoughts and prayers. Watch for aid groups wanting to collect money in the next while. If you are worried about scammers, Red Cross is always a good bet.

    February 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Food

    Mayan 2012....

    February 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    Ring of fire.....ring of fire.....

    There, i said it first....

    February 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
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    I went down down down and the flames went higher
    And it burns burms burns
    the trench between the pacific and various other tectonic plates
    the trench between the pacific and various other tectonic plates

    February 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patrick - Cebu

    The quake was strongly felt in Cebu City, the second largest city in the Philippines. I'm in Cebu, and the earthquake was a jolting action, with sharp and quick shaking that lasted for about 30 seconds. Pretty scary actually, but no damage in Cebu.

    February 7, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
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