Tsunami alert issued in Philippines after Chile earthquake

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has issued a tsunami alert following a massive earthquake in Chile on Thursday.

According to PHIVOLCS, a strong distant earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.9 occured near the coast of Chile today, September 17, at 6:55 a.m. (Philippine Standard Time) with a depth of 33 kilometers.

An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours, the advisory stated.

Although no evacuation order is in effect, PHIVOLCS says communities of the following provinces fronting the Philippine Sea/Pacific Ocean are advised to wait and listen for updates.

The areas mentioned are:
  • Batanes Group of Islands
  • Cagayan
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Isabela
  • Quezon
  • Aurora
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Catanduanes
  • Sorsogon
  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao Occidental