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6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Philippines; Tsunami Warning Issued

Manila: A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Mindanao island of Philippines, triggering a tsunami alert as small oceanic waves are expected to hit the southern parts of Philippines and neighbouring Indonesia.

According to the US Geological survey, the quake hit southeast of Davao City with an epicentre at a depth of 59 kilometres (35 miles). This comes after a volcano-triggered Tsunami killed more than 400 persons in Indonesia.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible along the coast of Indonesia and Philippines.

Philippines officials have stated that minor sea level disturbances are expected. It advised people not to venture near the beach or go to the coast fronting Philippines Sea. Waves less than 30 cm may take place in the southern part of the island nation.

Notably, the Philippines and Indonesia lie on the ‘Ring of Fire’, a vast region in the Pacific Ocean which is prone to Tsunamis and Volcanic eruptions. The most recent major quake disaster to strike the Philippines was in 2013 when a 7.1-magnitude quake left more than 220 people dead in the central islands.

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