No Tsunami Threat to Hawaii Following 7.6 Quake in PhilippinesAugust 31, 2012, 6:11 AM HST · Updated August 31, 12:54 PM 0 Comments
By Wendy Osher
There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake overnight in the Philippine islands region.
The incident was reported at 2:48 a.m., and initially generated a watch for the state, which was cancelled less than an hour later.
Officials from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center say some coastal areas in Hawai’i could still experience small non-destructive sea level changes, and strong or unusual currents lasting up to several hours beginning at around 12:28 p.m. today (Friday, August 31, 2012).
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake was centered about 466 miles ESE of Manila in the Philippines; 67 miles east of Guiuan, Samar, Philippines; 110 miles northeast of Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines; and 118 miles east by southeast of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines.
The depth of the quake was estimated to be 34 km or 21 miles.