Friday, August 31, 2012

7.6 Magnitude Earthquake hit the Philippines

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the Philippines at 8:47PM, Friday, August 31, 2012, with a depth of 212.7 miles (34.9 kilometers) and was centered 66 miles (106 kilometers) east of Samar Island, confirmed by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhilVocs) and reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Credits: and JNTC Articles

It was reported that the quake knocked out power in several towns and cities across surrounding Samar Island, Philippines. Varying levels of after shocks are being felt across Visayas and Mindanao islands. One person, a 54 yrs old woman died, when her house collapsed, in Cagayan de Oro. The grandson of the person who died survived and was being treated at a nearby hospital in the city. Many experienced damages in their homes. "You talk to God, when an earthquake occurs" - Bemruel Noel, a member of the Philippine House of Representatives said.

Intensity 7 was recorded in Giuan, Oras, Sulat, Borongan City, Eastern Samar; Intensity 6 in Siargao, Surigao Del Norte; Tacloban City, Palo, Leyte; Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte; Intensity 5 in Mati City, Compostela, Legaspi, Iloilo City, Bislig City, Iligan City; Intensity 4 in Butuan City, Catbalogan City, Cagayan De Oro City; Intensity 3 in Cotabato City, Mambjao, Camiguin, General Santos City; and Intensity 2 in Marawi City.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii) has lifted all tsunami alerts that was issued earlier for the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Belau, Taiwan, Guam, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific islands as far away as the Northern Marianas.  

The Island of the Philippines is within the "Pacific Ring of Fire" where common earthquake activity occurs. However, in 1990 the 7.7 Magnitude earthquake that occurred in Northern Luzon have killed approximately 2,000 residents.

In the morning of Saturday, September 1, 2012 - we will know how many more people have been affected.

Reference Source:
1. Manila Standard Today
2. Manila Bulletin
3. Associated Press

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