A tsunami alert that followed a few warnings was canceled for the Philippines, Indonesia and other Pacific countries on Friday as high intense waves did not result from a 7.6 magnitude earthquake near the Philippines.
“Based on all available data there is no destructive tsunami threat to the state of Hawaii,” according to the Associated Press. There were no reports at press time of any injuries or fatalities.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake struck about 60 miles east of Sulangan, Philippines (464 miles east of Manilla) at 12:47:34 UTC (8:47 a.m. ET).
Local radio reports have revealed that the undersea quake caused at least one house to collapse and knocked out power in several cities. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) issued a Level 3 Tsunami Alert for the surrounding coastal area.
Initial reports received by PHIVOLCS regarding sea level disturbances showed that the tsunami resulting from the earlier earthquake had not reached life-threatening levels.
While the tsunami threat had passed, some danger to boats and coastal structures remained from rapid currents.
Earthquakes are not uncommon for the Philippines and that region in general, as the U.S.G.S. reports: “The Philippine Sea plate is unusual in that its borders are nearly all zones of plate convergence.”