Tsunami alert in PH lifted

By Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Sep 01 2012 12:35 AM | Updated as of Sep 01 2012 07:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Phivolcs has cancelled the tsunami warning alert in coastal areas of Visayas and Mindanao affected by the 7.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Friday night.

Tsunami alert level 3 was lifted at 12:10 a.m. Saturday.

Residents living in coastal areas of northern Samar, eastern Samar, Leyte, southern Leyte in the Visayas, and Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Sur in Mindanao were earlier advised to evacuate their homes due to the tsunami alert.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said residents can now return to their homes.

However, Solidum advised residents to check for cracks in the walls and floors of their homes for their safety.

He also said aftershocks are still expected from the strong quake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has also lifted tsunami alerts for the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan and several Pacific islands.

Small tsunami waves

In its last tsunami bulletin, Phivolcs said waves caused by the quake “did not reach life-threatening heights.”

“The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) reported the tsunami in Surigao City with initial heights of 16 centimeters and 19 centimeters at 10:48 PM. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) also reported a three centimeter tsunami recorded by the tide gauges in Legaspi City at 9:43 PM and Davao City at 9:50 PM,” said Phivolcs.

Phivolcs also said small waves not higher than half a meter reportedly hit Pilar, Surigao del Norte in Siargao Island.

“No bigger tsunami associated with this earthquake is expected to follow after this cancellation,” Phivolcs added.