02 dec 2023 om 17:04
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 has struck the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, reports the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC). Tsunami warnings have been issued for the Philippines and Japan.
The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 64 kilometers, according to EMSC.
A warning has been issued for the Philippines from 5 p.m. Dutch time due to a tsunami caused by the earthquake. It is expected to be around 1 to 3 meters above in some places. The tsunami is also forecast to last for hours, according to the Philippine seismological agency PHIVOLCS.
A tsunami warning has also been issued for the western coast of Japan. The tsunami, estimated to be of the same height, is likely to reach Japan at 5:30 PM Dutch time on Saturday.
It is still largely unclear what the further consequences of the earthquake will be. Raymark Gentallan, the local police chief in the coastal town of Hinatuan, near the quake’s epicenter, said power has been turned off since the quake. No casualties or damage have been reported yet.
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