Manila, December 29: A massive earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) informed. Following the massive quake, the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a hazardous tsunami warning for parts of the coasts of the Philippines and Indonesia. There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The Earth Moved For 20 Minutes on November 11 Due to Unusual Seismic Activity Around Madagascar.
The strong quake was reported at 11:39 a.m. about 120 miles southeast of Mindanao's largest city, Davao, and approximately 62 miles southeast of the city of Pondaguitan, reports informed. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, "Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300km (186 miles) of the epicentre along the coasts of Indonesia and the Philippines." Earthquake in Lombok: Quake of Magnitude 5.5 Hits Indonesian Island.
In the wake of the quake, the coasts of Indonesia, the Philippines and Palau may witness tsunami waves above tide levels. According to a report by CNN, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has advised the public to stay away from the coast as minor sea level disturbances are likely until Saturday afternoon. Reports inform that initially, the UGSC initially said the magnitude of the quake was 7.2 but later revised it to 6.9.