December 3, 2023

PHILIPPINES: Massive 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rocked Mindanao On Saturday And Another Massive 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Same Area On Sunday.

ABC7 published December 2, 2023: 7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off the Philippines; tsunami warning issued. A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 struck off the coast of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao and Philippine authorities issued a tsunami warning.

NBC News
written by The Associated Press
Saturday December 2, 2023

MANILA, Philippines — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 struck Saturday off the coast of the southern Philippines island of Mindanao and Philippine authorities issued a tsunami warning.

The quake struck at 10:37 p.m. and was measured at a depth of 20 miles. There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

A US State Department said it is aware of the earthquake and was working with local authorities to determine if any U.S. citizens were affected.

The agency said it stands "ready to provide consular assistance."

"The U.S. Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas," the agency said. "We urge U.S. citizens in the affected areas who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and, or update their status on social media. If you are in the affected area and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities."

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said based on the magnitude and location it expected tsunami waves to hit the southern Philippines and parts of Indonesia, Palau and Malaysia. But the center later dropped its tsunami warning.

In Japan, authorities issued evacuation orders in various parts of Okinawa Prefecture, including for the entire coastal area, affecting thousands of people.

Teresito Bacolcol of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology Seismology told The Associated Press his agency advised residents along the coast of southern Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental provinces to evacuate immediately to higher grounds.

The Philippines experiences regular earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults around the ocean.
Oneindia News published December 3, 2023: BREAKING: 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Philippines Again! Latest Updates & Aftermath. In a shocking development, the Philippines is hit by a second powerful earthquake, this time measuring 6.4 in magnitude after yesterday’s i.e. December 2nd 7.5 magnitude jolt. Join us for breaking news, real-time updates, and an in-depth look at the aftermath of tomorrow's seismic activity. Stay tuned for comprehensive coverage and insights into this unfolding situation.

written by AFP, Agence France Presse
Sunday December 3, 2023

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of the southern Philippines early Monday, the United States Geological Survey said, the latest in a slew of strong quakes all concentrated in the same area.

Monday's earthquake hit just before 4:00 am local time, (2000 GMT Sunday), at a depth of 30 kilometres (18 miles), some 72 kilometres northeast of Hinatuan municipality on Mindanao island.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, which recorded the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.7, said there was no risk of a tsunami.

Shortly after, another 5.4 magnitude quake was registered by the USGS in the area, striking 28 kilometres east of Aras-asan at a depth of 43 kilometres.

Two people were killed and there was minor infrastructure damage after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the area on Saturday, with multiple aftershocks including a 6.6 quake striking in the days since.

That temblor came nearly two weeks after a 6.7 magnitude quake hit Mindanao, killing at least nine people, shaking buildings and causing part of a shopping mall ceiling to collapse.

Quakes are a daily occurrence in the Philippines, which sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic and volcanic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

Most are too weak to be felt by humans.

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