- This Wednesday, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake was felt off the coast of the Philippines, reported the United States Geological Survey.
- The intense movement of the earth prompted authorities to issue a tsunami warning.
- Philippine authorities stated that it was expected to have caused serious damage and that several aftershocks would be recorded in the following hours.
After an intense 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Philippines, US authorities issued a tsunami warning. However, minutes later it was lifted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
This Wednesday, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake was felt off the coast of the Philippines, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The intense movement of the earth prompted authorities to issue a tsunami warning.
Tsunami alert issued for 7.1 magnitude earthquake off the Philippines
The epicenter of the earthquake was located 63 kilometers east of Pondaguitan, in Mindanao, which is the easternmost of the Philippine islands, at a depth of 65.6 kilometers, according to USGS information.
Given the force of the movement, the National Office for Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a tsunami threat to the region, EFE reported. However, the alert was deactivated minutes later.
After NOAA issued the tsunami warning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology assured that there was no such risk. “WARNING: THERE IS NO THREAT FROM TSUNAMI TO THE PHILIPPINES”, indicated the local agency through twitter account.
For its part, the US National Tsunami Warning Center confirmed that no tidal wave was expected off the US coast. “A tsunami is NOT expected; CA, OR, WA, BC and AK ”, wrote the organism in social networks.
Dozens of replicas
Despite ensuring that there was no risk of a tsunami, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology did indicate that it was expected to have caused serious damage and that several aftershocks would be recorded in the following hours, he said. the world.
Indeed, in a few hours, at least a dozen minor earthquakes have already been registered, all of them revolve around 3 points of magnitude. The 7.1 main earthquake could be felt as far as Indonesia.
What to do in the event of an earthquake?
The Chilean Ministry of the Interior and Public Security released a guide for the prevention and information in case of earthquakes. These are the aspects that you should consider: Always have the safe areas of your home, school or work identified. In the event of an earthquake, stay away from furniture, lamps, and windows that could break.
Duck and cover. The most important thing is that you protect yourself. Stay inside your home. Take the stairs if you need to go outside. If you are on the street, stay away from buildings and power poles. Protect your head with your arms. If you are driving, stop the car in a safe place. Put on the flashing lights
Other suggestions in case of earthquake
Other suggestions are: Do not walk barefoot, you could hurt yourself with a sharp object that has fallen to the ground. Use flashlights. Don’t light candles or use matches. If you are trapped, hit with an object to signal your position. It is not advisable to yell, on the contrary, cover your mouth and nose so that the dust does not affect you.
It is also important to have a emergency kit It contains: A list of emergency telephone numbers, primary medical assistance items, portable radio with batteries, flashlight with batteries and important documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates or deeds, as indicated by Civil Protection of Mexico.
What things should NOT be done?
Elevators or elevators should not be used in the event of an earthquake. Do not use matches or lighters. To illuminate, use flashlights. Avoid running, yelling, or pushing others. Keep calm. Avoid staying near kitchens or places where there are power lines.
It is advisable to have the account of the official security organizations in your country on your social networks so that you stay informed. This way you get information from the right source and know what to do or where to go in the event of an unexpected situation. Tsunami alert issued for 7.1 magnitude earthquake off the Philippines.
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