MANILA (UPDATE) Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) issued a tsunami warning following a 7.7 earthquake off Samar Friday night.
Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum urged residents in coastal areas in some parts of eastern Visayas and Mindanao to evacuate as a precaution.
Phivolcs specialist Jane Punongbayan said residents in the coastal areas of northern Samar, eastern Samar, Leyte, southern Leyte, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Sur are advised to evacuate their homes due to a tsunami alert warning number 3.
Punongbayan said Philvolcs is monitoring a possible tsunami and that the warning will be remain for 2 hours after the earthquake
“Magbabantay tayo hanggang 10:47, kung walang mangyaring tsunami, medyo ibababa natin ‘yung alert. Pero as of now to be safe, itataas natin ‘yung alert level 3,” she said.
She also advised residents not to panic, but to swiftly move to higher ground at least 10 meters above sea level.-- dzMM, August 31, 2012