7.6 earthquake shakes the Philippines

Earthquake-damage-Philippines A person looks at the collapsed roof of a building following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur province on December 3, 2023. At least two people were killed and several were injured after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook the southern Philippines late on December 2, triggering tsunami warnings that were later lifted. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • 7.6 magnitude earthquake off Philippines prompts evacuations more than 1,000 miles away
  • The earthquake near the southern Philippines island of Mindanao was strong enough and close to land to shake nearby communities, the U.S. Geologic Survey said in a post on X, formally known as Twitter. It occurred just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday local time
  • The Tsunami Warning Center initially said that based on the magnitude and location, it expected tsunami waves to hit the southern Philippines and parts of Indonesia, Palau and Malaysia. But the center later dropped its tsunami warning.
  • In Japan, authorities issued evacuation orders in various parts of Okinawa Prefecture affecting thousands of people. Okinawa is more than 1,200 miles from Mindanao.
  • More than three hours after the quake hit, there was no report of a tsunami hitting the coast, Teresito Bacolcol, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, told The Associated Press. Based on the quake’s magnitude, Bacolcol said a 3.2-foot tsunami could hit, but the wave could be higher in enclosed coves, bays and straits.

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