Last Updated: Friday, August 31, 2012

(Update) Magnitude 7.6 powerful quake in Philippine Islands followed with tsunami warning: One killed


Disaster Report: Magnitude 7.6 quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday, triggering tsunami warnings across the region.
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Magnitude 7.6 quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday, triggering tsunami warnings
Original Post: Natural Disasters List August 31, 2012 
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Update 16:15 UTC
-PHIVOLCS confirms cancellation of all tsunami alerts.
-Electricity now restored for most parts of Eastern Samar.

Update 15:50 UTC
One killed in Southern Cagayan de Oro city of Mindanao, Philippines.

Update
-one house collapsed in southern Cagayan de Oro city.
-Small waves of about 16 cm (6 inches) hit area of southern Philippines.

M 7.6 powerful earthquake shakes Philippines Islands late Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 96 km E of Sulangan. It was 21.7 miles deep.

The quake was felt off the east coast of Samar province in the central Philippines.

A tsunami alert originally was issued for several countries including Japan and for Pacific islands as far away as the Northern Marianas, but most of them were soon lifted, leaving warnings only for the Philippines, Indonesia and Palau, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Following USGS PAGER MAP, strong shaking of MMI V will have felt by the people of Sulangan, Guiuan, Santa Monica, Salcedo and San Benito. Moderate to light shaking will have felt by the people of Pilar, Libertad, Mandaue City, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro and Mantampay.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
12:57 UTC (local time Friday, August 31, 2012 at 08:47 PM @ epicenter)

Tectonic Summary
The August 31, 2012 M 7.6 earthquake off the east coast of the Philippines occurred as a result of reverse faulting within the oceanic lithosphere of the Philippines Sea plate. The preliminary location of the earthquake indicates this is an intraplate event, 50 or more kilometers to the east of the subduction zone plate boundary between the Phillippine Sea and Sunda plates. At the latitude of the earthquake, the Philippine Sea plate moves west-northwest at a velocity of approximately 100 mm/yr.
Photo AP: Residents at a collapsed house in Cagayan De Oro city, southern Philippines.

Epicenter location

94 km (58 miles) E of Sulangan, Philippines
106 km (65 miles) ESE of Guiuan, Philippines
161 km (100 miles) ESE of Borongan, Philippines
174 km (108 miles) NE of Surigao, Philippines

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