Magnitude-6.8 earthquake strikes the Philippines, prompts tsunami warning

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
April 28, 2017, 9:21:55 PM EDT

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A powerful earthquake shook the Philippines, bringing the threat for a tsunami in areas around the location of the quake.

The magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck early Saturday morning local time with the epicenter of the earthquake occurring 19 miles (31 km) WSW of Balangonan, Philippines, the USGS said.

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A map showing the epicenter of the earthquake. (Image/USGS)

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"Hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km of the earthquake epicenter," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement shortly after the earthquake occurred.

The center warned that tsunami waves of 1 to 3 feet were possible for some coasts of the Philippines, while tsunami waves less than 1 foot were possible for some coasts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau and Yap.

At 5:51 a.m. local time Saturday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued their final statement, saying that there is no longer the threat for a tsunami. However, some minor sea level fluctuations may still occur in areas near the epicenter.

The earthquake was originally reported by the USGS as a magnitude 7.2, but was later downgraded to a magnitude 6.8.

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