A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, the European Seismological Center (EMSC) said. Evacuations are also underway on the southwest coast of Japan. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) a tsunami can also be expected. It should hit the area before midnight local time (17:00 CET) and could reach heights of up to 3 meters.
According to the EMSC, the earthquake originated from a depth of 63 kilometers, according to the American Geological Service USGS, on the contrary, from 32 kilometers, and had a magnitude of 7.6, not 7.5. More details about possible damages are not available at this time.
The Philippine company Phivolcs said it did not expect significant damage from the earthquake itself, but warned of aftershocks.
“Ships already at sea during this period should remain at sea in deep waters until further advice,” Phivolcs said, asking people living near the coasts of Surigao Del Sur and Davao Oriental provinces to evacuate or relocate immediately further inland.
Raymark Gentallan, local police chief in the coastal town of Hinatuan, near the epicenter, said there had been a power outage since the impact, but disaster management teams had so far monitored no casualties or damage.