(1st Update) A magnitude 7.9 earthquake was felt in southern part of the Philippines, especially in Mindanao and parts of Visayas Friday evening (August 31) at around 8:47 PM at epicenter. The epicenter located 112km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the seismic events were felt 146 km (91 miles) E (96°) from Guiuan, Samar; Philippines, 213 km (132 miles) NE (54°) from Surigao; 227 km (141 miles) E (100°) from Tacloban, Leyte; and 779 km (484 miles) ESE (121°) from Manila.
The quake was expected within 15 minutes. As of posting, no report of damages have been made yet. A tsunami warning was raised for parts of Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Guam and other areas, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said.
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) director Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr., advised areas near Eastern Samar to evacuate in case of tsunami following the 7.9 quake.
- Intensity 7: Guiuan, Oras, Sulat and Borongan City in Eastern Samar
- Intensity 6: Siargao Surigao del Norte, Tacloban, Palo Leyte, St. Bernard Southern Leyte
- Intensity 5: Mati City Davao Oriental, Compostella in Compostella Valley, Legazpi City, Iloilo City, Bislig City and Iligan City
- Intensity 4: Butuan City, Catbalogan City, Cagayan de Oro City
- Intensity 3: Cotabato City, Mambajao Camiguin and General Santos City
- Intensity 2: Marawi City, Sipalay City
Tsunami alert level 3 was up in coastal areas: Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte and Surigal del Sur.
A house in Cagayan de Oro was reportedly damaged due to landslide after the quake. Two residents were rushed to the hospital.