The Philippines were hit by an earthquake with a force of 6.9. The epicentre was located 59 kilometres deep, about 162 kilometres southeast of the city of Governor Generoso, all the way to the south of the country. Almost immediately, a tsunami warning was issued for an area in a radius of 300 kilometres around the epicentre. The warning was withdrawn three hours after the quake.
According to witnesses in the Philippines, the quake lasted about a minute. Thousands of people fled their homes and were ordered to stay away from beaches for fear of a tsunami. The warning applied to ten provinces. There are no reports of damage or victims yet.
Two hours after that earthquake, smaller waves were observed. That reports the Philippine seismological service (Phivolcs). He said that he did not expect the earthquake to cause serious material damage, but warned the population against aftershocks.
Initially, the American seismological institute (USGS) reported that it was a quake with a magnitude of 7.2. The tsunami warning applied to the coastlines of the Philippines and Indonesia.