SEVERE WX : Flood Advisory - Flash Flood Warning View Alerts

Earthquake shakes southern Philippines

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of the southern Philippines, according to the US Geological Survey.

Posted: Dec 31, 2018 4:29 AM
Updated: Dec 31, 2018 4:36 AM

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of the southern Philippines on Saturday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake occurred at 11:39 a.m. about 120 miles southeast of Mindanao's largest city, Davao, and approximately 62 miles southeast of the city of Pondaguitan.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has warned of a tsunami threat for parts of the Pacific that were closer to the earthquake. The coasts of Indonesia, the Philippines and Palau may see tsunami waves of less than a foot above tide levels.

The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology also advised the public to stay away from the coast as "minor sea level disturbances" are expected until 2 p.m.

Both the institute and the USGS have now canceled their advisories of a possible tsunami in the Philippines.

The USGS initially said the earthquake was 7.2 magnitude and later revised that number to 6.9 and then to 7.0

Article Comments

Huntsville
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 72°
Florence
Overcast
78° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 75°
Feels Like: 81°
Fayetteville
Overcast
75° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 75°
Decatur
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 72°
Scottsboro
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 86°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Community Events