Aftershocks reported in Samar, Surigao

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Posted at Sep 01 2012 11:33 AM | Updated as of Sep 02 2012 03:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Aftershocks were still being felt in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, hours after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit the province at 8:47 p.m. on Friday.

Six aftershocks were recorded in the town of Burgos in Surigao del Norte in northern Mindanao with the latest at 8:24 a.m. Saturday morning at 5.5 magnitude.

"May mga aftershocks tayong namomonitor," said Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)

He said most of the aftershocks are not significant.

"Ang pinakamalakas so far ay 6.2 na hindi naman ito ganun kalakasan at hindi naman ito masyadong mararamadaman dahil ang episentro ay nasa dagat mahigit 100 kilometro mula sa gilid ng Guiuan, Eastern Samar," said Solidum.

Phivolcs said Friday's quake was felt as far as the Bicol Region and the whole of Mindanao, including Cagayan de Oro City.

"Malakas na po ito at maraming rehiyon dito sa ating bansa ang makakaramdam. Nag-report na ang kabikulan, eastern and central Visayas pati na din ang Mindanao ," he said.

Tsunami recorded

Meanwhile, tsunami waves ranging from 16 to 19 meters were recorded in Surigao City, and three centimeters in Legaspi and Davao. Waves half a meter reportedly struck Pilar, Siargao Islands in Surigao del Norte, a province in northern Mindanao.

Phivolcs cancelled its tsunami warning alert in eastern coastal areas of Visayas and Mindanao past midnight and gave residents the go signal to return to their homes.

However, residents have been advised to check for cracks in the walls and floors of homes and infrastructures. ANC