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One killed as 7.6M quake hits Philippines, tsunami alert issued

People's Daily Online)  15:17, September 01, 2012

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday. At least one person was killed in a house collapse, and power was knocked out in several cities. (Xinhua/AP)

An old lady died in Cagayan de Oro of southern Philippines after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake jolted off the east coast of Philippine islands on Friday evening.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center immediately issued a tsunami alert for the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia and Taiwan region, but lifted the warning later. However, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has not yet lifted local tsunami warning.

Emergency evacuation was implemented in Northern Samar province after the quake, according to provincial governor Paul Daza.

Local TV footage showed cracks appeared in some roads and bridges in Northern Samar.

People in threatened coastal areas are strongly advised to immediately evacuate to higher ground, the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Surigao Island was the most vulnerable to tsunami because it faces the Pacific. A small wave measuring 16 centimeters hit Surigao City Friday night, But Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said the wave may just be a first wave, and he advised local residents to be in high alert.

Coast guards stopped temporarily all ferries and ships in Visayas where tsunami alert is still in effect.

Philippine President Beninor Aquino III has instructed Defence Secretary Gazmin as head of the NDRRMC to cooperate with the Phivolcs and ensure that the evacuation in the affected areas be carried out peacefully and orderly.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activities.

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