Highest wave recorded in Baler, Aurora


Posted at Mar 11 2011 11:59 PM | Updated as of Mar 12 2011 10:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The highest tsunami wave to hit the Philippines following the massive earthquake that hit Japan on Friday was 70 centimeters high, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

“Ang pinakamataas na na-measure namin so far was 70 centimeters (2.30 feet) sa Baler, Aurora,” PHIVOLCS director Renato Solidum said in a press conference Friday night.

It was the third of a series of waves to hit Baler on Friday. The area was hit by a total of 4 waves as of 8:10 p.m.

PHILVOLCS also recorded a total of 4 waves in San Vicente, Cagayan. Two of the waves to hit the area reached a height of 60 cm (2 feet).

The tsunami waves started arriving on the Philippine shores at around 6 p.m.

Tsunami waves were also recorded in:

  • Virac, Catanduanes (3 waves)
  • Mati, Davao Oriental (2 waves)
  • Davao City (2 waves)
  • Legaspi (2 waves)

The lowest waves measured at 20 cm were recorded in Mati, Davao.

“These wave heights are consistent with what we have forecasted for the Philippines when we raised the Alert Level to 2 this afternoon,” said Solidum

Station Name Maximum Wave Height Arrival Time (local time)
San Vicente, Cagayan 1st wave 0.60 meters 6:00 PM
  2nd wave 0.60 m 6:20 PM
  3rd wave 0.40 m 6:50 PM
  4th wave 0.40 m 7:30 PM
Virac, Catanduanes 1st wave 0.60 m 6:30 PM
  2nd wave 0.60 m 7:10 PM
  3rd wave 0.70 m 7:50 PM
Baler, Aurora 1st wave 0.40 m 6:30 PM
  2nd wave 0.40 m 7:10 PM
  3rd wave 0.30 m 8:00 PM


Before the tsunami hit the Philippines, several people witnessed the sea water receding from the shores.

“Ang napansin ng iba ay ‘yung umatras yung dagat… mukhang consistent sa mga information na umaatras-tumataas, umaatras-tumataas,” said Solidum.

He said PHIVOLCS will continue to monitor until 11 pm because they are still seeing waves coming from Japan.

“We are still seeing waves coming from Japan, therefore based on our monitoring, we will see if we will just give you an update or we'll issue another bulletin.

PHIVOLCS earlier raised the Tsunami Alert to Level 2 in 19 Philippine provinces following the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Friday afternoon.

The earthquake generated huge waves in Japan at least 13-feet high, inflicting damage to the northeastern part of the country.

It also triggered tsunami alerts across the Pacific from the coast of California to Indonesia. – With a report from Agence France-Presse