Natural disaster of 6.9 strikes off Philippines triggering tsunami fears

Tsunami warning after 6.9 magnitude quake rocks Philippines

Tsunami warning after 6.9 magnitude quake rocks Philippines

No casualties or damage have been reported immediately on Saturday.

A strong quake of 6.9 magnitude struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday and small tsunami waves were possible along its coast as well as in parts of Indonesia and Palau, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The islands of Geme and Tabukan Tengah (Indonesia) as well as Davao (Philippines) may experience tsunami waves within the hour.

Manila: An natural disaster measuring 7.2-magnitude on the Richter scale struck southern Philippines island of Mindanao on Saturday. Considering there are almost 300 seismically active areas in the country, Daryono warned that people should stay away from the coastline anytime a quake occurs.

The quake struck 193 km east of the city of General Santos, the USGS said.

The epicentre of the quake was on land near the city of Manokwari at a depth of 55km.

There was no tsunami threat to the U.S. state of Hawaii, it said.

There have been several tsunamis in the region over the years.

A quake-tsunami in September killed around 2,200 people in Palu on Sulawesi island, with thousands more missing and presumed dead.

However, waves were forecast to be less than 30 cm (12 inches) high, it said, while Philippine monitors warned that "minor sea level disturbances" were to be expected.

August 1977: A quake registering between 7 and 8.9, one of the strongest ever recorded, spawns a tsunami that kills at least 168 in the Sunda Islands in Indonesia.

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