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7.0-magnitude quake strikes off Mindanao: USGS
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippines Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued.
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7.0-magnitude quake strikes off Mindanao: USGS

(Agence France-Presse) - January 21, 2021 - 9:56pm

MANILA, Philippines — A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippines Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued.

The quake hit about 310 kilometres (193 miles) southeast of Davao city on the main southern island of Mindanao at a depth of 95 kilometres at 8:23 pm local time (1223 GMT), according to USGS.

Residents in Jose Abad Santos town near the southern tip of the island lost electricity for about 15 minutes after the quake shook the region but there was no damage, police chief Captain Glabynarry Murillo told AFP.

"From our vantage point at the police station we saw many residents rushing outside," said Murillo.

"We also rushed outside because the police station is a three-storey building."

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned of aftershocks but said damage was not expected.

"It was felt extensively because it's a major earthquake but it's deep so it won't be damaging to the infrastructure because it's considerably far (from the island)," Renato Solidum, director of the institute, told DZBB radio station.

The Philippines is regularly rocked by quakes due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

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LATEST UPDATE: March 5, 2021 - 7:37am

Get the latest updates on the earthquake here. Main image by The STAR/Andy Zapata Jr.

March 5, 2021 - 7:37am

There is no tsunami threat to the Philippines following a magnitude 8-1 earthquake that struck the Kermadec Islands Region early Friday, state volcanologists say.

Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center earlier warned that tsunami waves are possible for coasts near the earthquake epicenter.

March 5, 2021 - 7:16am

Evacuations from coastal areas were ordered in New Zealand, New Caledonia and Vanuatu Friday as tsunami waves were observed following a cluster of powerful South Pacific earthquakes, authorities said.

"Tsunami waves have been observed," the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, revealing ocean gauges had picked up small waves near the Tonga capital Nuku'alofa measuring about three centimetres (1.3 inches).

Tsunamis become more powerful as they travel across the ocean and the centre has warned some areas including Vanuatu and the French territory of New Caledonia could be hit by waves of up to three metres after three major quakes, the largest at 8.1 magnitude. —  AFP

March 5, 2021 - 7:16am

A Pacific-wide tsunami alert was issued Friday after a 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck near New Zealand's remote Kermadec islands, following on from two powerful quakes earlier.

New Zealand ordered coastal evacuations as the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned waves of up to three metres (10 feet) were possible in the Pacific region nations of Vanuatu and the French territory of New Caledonia.

"Based on all available data, hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts," it said.

It said smaller waves were possible as far afield as Japan, Russia, Mexico and the South American coast. —  AFP

February 8, 2021 - 8:24am

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental at around 8 a.m., Monday.

Phivolcs says instrumental intensities were reported in the following areas:

Intensity II - General Santos City; Alabel, and Kiamba, Sarangani
Intensity I - Koronadal City, South Cotabato

January 21, 2021 - 8:50pm

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental at around 8:23 p.m. on Thursday, PHIVOLCS says.

Intensity V was felt in General Santos City while Davao City reported Intensity IV. Bislig City in Surigao del Sur also reported Intensity II.

Instrumental intensities were also reported in the following areas:

Intensity V - Kiamba, Sarangani
Intensity IV - General Santos City; Alabel Sarangani; Koronadal City, South Cotabato
Intensity III - Kidapawan City, Bislig Bislig, Surigao del Sur; Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
Intensity II - Cagayan de Oro City; Surigao City, Surigao del Norte; Borongan City, Eastern Samar
Intensity I - Catbalogan City, Samar

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