Earlier tonight August 31, 2012 a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Philippines particularly the provinces of Samar, Leyte and Surigao at 8:47 pm, Friday night. Epicenter happened in the Pacific Ocean about 100 kms off the coast of Guiuan in Samar Island.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or PHILVOCS cause of earthquake is said to be the movement of the Philippine plate, earthquake is tectonic in nature.
Here in Cebu we also felt it. I was with my whole clan attending a birthday party and we were at the 6th floor when the tremors hit Cebu. It lasted so long that everyone was afraid and froze on the spot. Ang tagal natapos ng lindol, and considering that we were so away from the epicenter yet we were scared, how much more scary it was for those residents near the center of the quake.
I am not sure if there are damages in Cebu and other VisMin provinces. I am still waiting for news if there are damages to property and loss lives especially in tonight’s earthquake. Sana wala naman.
The earthquake tonight was classified as Tectonic Earthquake hence Tsunami Alert Warning 3 was immediately raised in the provinces of Samar, Leyte and Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur and other coastal areas in Eastern Philippines and Mindanao. Tsunami Alert No. 3 means Forced Evacuation especially for residents of coastal towns.
Tsunami warning has been raised for Indonesia, Philippines and Bilao. Tsunami alert was already lifted for Japan, Taiwan and other Pacific Islands.
TV newsbreaks have reported that there was a 45 minutes power blackout around Tacloban City, Leyte.
Earthquake statistics and details were taken from the website of the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Please check link for more details and to go to source.
August 31 Earthquake hits Samar, Leyte, Surigao and tremors felt in more Visayas and Mindanao Provinces.
During calamities like strong typhoons and earthquakes, disaster preparedness is really very important. I hope the local government of these provinces are ready for these kind of emergencies.
Be safe everyone and let’s hope no lives were lost. If you have relatives from Visayas and Mindanao please take time to contact them.
I’ll update this post when I hear more from credible tv stations here in the Philippines.
At this time, it is already 11 pm here in the Philippines yet the Tsunami Alert Warning 3 is still on. Phivolcs will again make an announcement 30 minutes from now at approximately 11:32 pm if the tsunami alert will be lifted or will continue. If by 11:32 pm there is no significant wave then the warning will be lifted.
I will update this post for the latest news for tsunami alert warnings.
August 31 Visayas Mindanao Earthquake Update 11:55 pm – Tsunami warning is STILL ON from Phivolcs. Sorry for the delay of update as I have to wait for ABS – CBN Bandila news program to officially announced the lifting or continuance of alert after official confirmation from Phivolcs.
Coastal areas residents from these provinces are advised to stay in the evacuation centers:
Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Latest Update: Tsunami warning lifted at 12:10 am September 1 by PHIVOLCS :
Residents can now go back to their homes if they so chooses but I think spending the night at the evacuation centers is more prudent.
Picture of damages brought upon by the August 31 Earthquake that hit Eastern Philippines. This photo below was posted in Facebook by a concerned Filipino. Owner encouraged sharing so everyone will have a clearer idea sa naging resulta ng lindol and to also encourage all those with good hearts to lend a helping hand.
UPDATE: Picture posted here last September 1 have been taken down. A kind commenter ( Thanks to Ms Buen below) have pointed out that the picture was that of the Guihulhngan Earthquake last February 2012 and not the Samar Earthquake of August 2012. My apologies to those who were affected by the wrong picture.
We have to thank that Samar damaged was very minimal compared to the earthquake that happened last February but still the same, the call to help victim stays both for the Guilhulngan Negros quake and for the most recent earthquake.