Thursday, April 15

7.6 Earthquake in East Asia

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A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday local time (August 31, 2012). The quake happened at 12:47 UTC (7:47 a.m. CDT). This strong undersea earthquake has triggered tsunami warnings along coastlines in much of Asia. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

A tsunami alert was in effect for the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, the Northern Marianas and Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Japan was still under a tsunami advisory more than an hour after the quake, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. A tsunami alert for Hawaii was issued and then cancelled.

The U.S. Geological Society (USGS) originally reported this quake as a 7.9-magnitude, but later updated to say it was slightly less powerful at 7.6-magnitude.