Friday, March 11, 2011

Philippine Provinces on Tsunami Warning After Magnitude 8.9 Japan Earthquake

A very strong earthquake hit Japan (watch video here) anew on Friday which was recorded by geologist at magnitude 8.9. The earthquake was said to be the strongest in 300 years that Japan had experienced.

The strong earthquake that was located 373 kilometers from Tokyo on the eastern coast sent waters to form giant tidal waves or tsunami.

The tsunami waves added more destruction to homes, buildings and other establishments. It also damaged many boats and even big ships. Water gushed in to the cities near the coastal areas of the east side of Japan.

Authorities in Japan are expecting that more tidal waves are to hit the country as results of many more after shocks.

Tsunami warnings were immediately raised on many parts of the Pacific like the Philippines, Taiwan, Hawaii and Indonesia.

In the Philippines, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised the Tsunami alert to Level 2 only hours after the earthquake hit Japan.

Tsunami warnings were raised on several provinces in the Philippines.

Below are the Philippine Provinces under tsunami warnings:

• 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

An official statement of the NDRMMC or National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that tsunami may arrive on these areas between 5:00PM to 7:00PM Friday.

Part of the NDRMMC official statement says,
“The concerned public is advised to BE ON ALERT FOR UNUSUAL WAVES. Based on tsunami wave models and early tide gauge records of the tsunami in the Pacific, coastal areas in the Philippine provinces fronting the Pacific Ocean are expected to experience wave heights of at most one meter.

People are advised to stay away from the shoreline during this period. People should not go to the coast to watch the tsunami. People whose houses are very near coastal areas facing the Pacific Ocean are strongly advised to go farther inland.”

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