Friday, August 31, 2012

Magnitude-7.9 quake off Philippines prompts tsunami watch

A tsunami watch is in effect following a magnitude-7.9 earthquake off eastern Philippines this morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The USGS says the epicenter of the quake is 58 miles east of Sulangan, Philippines and 464 miles east southeast of Manila.

Update at 9:25 a.m. ET: While a tsunami wave has not yet been confirmed, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued this statement:
Based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter. An investigation is underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii. If tsunami waves impact Hawaii the estimated earliest arrival of the first tsunami wave is 1228 PM HST FRI 31 AUG 2012.

That would translate to 6:28 p.m. ET.


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