MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A 7.9-magnitude undersea quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday, triggering tsunami warnings across a wide swath of Asia. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuryA tsunami alert was in effect for the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, the Northern Marianas and Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.The quake hit at a depth of 34.9 kilometers (21.7 miles) and was centered 106 kilometers (66 miles) east of Samar Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said.The head of the Philippine seismology agency, Renato Solidum, said his bureau recorded a preliminary magnitude of 7.7. He said that residents living along the coastline of eastern Samar Island were advised to evacuate to high ground in case of the tsunami.
Major 7.6 quake hits near Philippines, tsunami warning issued A major 7.6 earthquake hit the sea area east of the Philippines on Friday and a tsunami warning was issued for the archipelago andIndonesia.The US Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 34 kilometres (21 miles) and hit at 8:47 pm (1247 GMT) some 139 kilometres east of the city of Sulangan, eastern Samar.An earlier tsunami alert for Japan, Taiwan and several Pacific islands was lifted by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.The predicted landfall timings for the first of any tsunami waves, which would have hit Indonesia and the Philippines, had passed without immediate reports of damage.The warning center had said any wave generated by the quake would be expected to hit Indonesia first, at 1335 GMT.It would then be due to hit the Philippines at 1338 GMT.”An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicentre within minutes to hours,” the center said.The earthquake that struck east of the Philippines was revised down by the United States Geological Survey after an initial 7.9 reading.
Quake of 7.6 magnitude strikes off Philippines: USG By Rosemarie Francisco | Reuters – 5 mins ago MANILA (Reuters) – An earthquake of 7.6 magnitude struck off thePhilippines on Friday destroying roads and bridges and sending people fleeing to higher ground in fear of a tsunami.The quake was centered off the east coast, 91 miles off the town of Guiuan in Samar province at a depth of about 20 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for much of the region, but later scaled it back leaving it in place for the Philippines and Indonesia.”People are fleeing to higher ground,” Samar congressman, Ben Evardone, told local radio.A disaster agency official said residents in the area should get to higher ground immediately.”Strong earthquake here in Taft, Eastern Samar! And it lasted very long too!” Evardone said by text message earlier. He said the quake had destroyed some roads and bridges.There were no immediate reports of casualties.A radio reporter in Leyte province, near Samar, said people had run out of their homes when the quake struck. „It felt like we were being rocked,” he said.The tsunami warning was initially issued for the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and other islands in the Pacific including the U.S. state of Hawaii.The region has been hit by devastating quakes in the past decade. At least 230,000 people in 13 Indian Ocean countries were killed in a quake and tsunami off Indonesia in 2004.Last year, an earthquake and tsunami off Japan’s northeastern coast killed about 20,000 people and triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years after waves battered a nuclear power station.(Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)
Quake of 7.4 magnitude hits off El Salvador coast: USGS Reuters – Mon, Aug 27, 2012 (Reuters) – A major earthquake of 7.4 magnitude hit in the Pacific Ocean about 78 miles off the coast of El Salvador late Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said.No destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is expected, and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.The center said, however, that although it did not know if a tsunami had been generated, a warning was in effect for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico.The earthquake struck 74 miles south of Usulutan, El Salvador, at a depth of 33 miles, the Geological Survey said.There were no immediate reports of damage to coastal areas or to shipping.(Reporting by Philip Barbara; Editing by Robert Birsel)Get full coverage of the Republican National Convention here »
Isaac’s remnants bring headaches but also relief to drought By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone | Reuters – 2 hours 37 minutes ago NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – The remnants of Hurricane Isaac continue to cause headaches on Friday, bringing heavy rainfall and the threat of flash flooding to the lower Mississippi Valley as Gulf Coast residents get ready to start their cleanup efforts.The first hurricane to hit the United States this year will be remembered for striking New Orleans on the anniversary of 2005’s deadly Hurricane Katrina – and providing a first, successful test of the city’s pricey new flood defenses.New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu concluded that the ring of defenses was „operating as designed.”Now a tropical depression, Isaac can still trigger tornadoes in Mississippi and Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said – among the final acts of a storm that punched above its weight in terms of impact and often confounded forecasters.One bright spot: rain that is expected to reach the central U.S. Midwest over the weekend, a godsend to farmers suffering from the worst drought in more than 50 years, even if too late for many of this season’s crops.Isaac caused widespread flooding and property damage in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, mostly because of its unexpectedly heavy and persistent rainfall. The system lingered near New Orleans for the best part of two days, sometimes moving as slowly as five miles an hour (8 km per hour).”Most of them blow through and are over with. This one is just hanging around too long,” George Dubaz, a New Orleans tour guide, said during the deluge.The storm caused anywhere from $700 million to $2 billion in insured onshore losses, disaster modeler AIR Worldwide said late Thursday.That would still leave Isaac, which came onshore as a Category 1 hurricane, well outside the 10 most costly U.S. hurricanes.New Orleans’ Audubon Park recorded 18.7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period during Isaac. That exceeded all records dating back to 1871, said Jeff Masters of Weather Underground. Many other locations in Louisiana and Mississippi logged more than 10 inches of rain.Through it all New Orleans sustained mostly cosmetic damage such as downed trees and street lights. A massive police and National Guard presence – and a dusk-to-dawn curfew, now lifted – also helped keep things calm even as much of the city lost power.The Port of New Orleans and the city’s airport were ready to reopen on Friday, authorities said.Surrounding areas, though, without the new protective federal flood barriers, did not fare as well from the relentless rain and huge storm surges brought forth by Isaac.Some of the worst flooding was in Plaquemines Parish, southwest of New Orleans, where flood waters overtopped at least one levee and left many homes under about 12 feet of water.Late on Thursday, local officials confirmed the death of a man and a woman in the parish town of Braithwaite. The pair apparently drowned in their kitchen as flood waters surged in. Earlier, a Mississippi man died after being hit by a falling tree.Isaac killed at least 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic before taking aim at the United States.Slidell, a town of about 27,000 people northeast of New Orleans, took the brunt of a storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain, which left some neighborhoods under about a foot of water.”You’d have never made me believe a Category 1 would dump this much water,” said Sam Caruso, 71, a former mayor of Slidell who toured the town in his pickup truck on Thursday.As the flood waters rose, some residents, including Caruso, wondered whether the new federal levee system had shored up New Orleans at the expense of low-lying neighboring parishes outside the system’s protection – a debate that is likely to continue.Benchmark crude oil prices slipped on Thursday after major oil facilities on the Gulf of Mexico made it through Isaac mostly unscathed.The smallest of six Louisiana oil refineries began to power back up on Thursday and most other oil and gas companies in the U.S. Gulf Coast region were preparing to restart.Some 700,000 residents and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi were still without electricity on Thursday, down from a peak of over 1 million.(Additional reporting by Emily Le Coz in Tupelo, Mississippi; Chris Baltimore in Houston; David Adams in Miami; and Sam Nelson in Chicago; Writing by Ros Krasny)