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Major quake hits off Philippines, tsunami alert cancelled

Published on Aug 31, 2012 11:38 PM
 
A science research specialist monitors computer data on the recorded earthquake at the Seismology agency office in Quezon City, Metro Manila on Aug 31, 2012. An earthquake of 7.6 magnitude struck off the Philippines on Friday damaging roads and bridges and sending people fleeing to higher ground in fear of a tsunami, a politician and authorities said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (REUTERS) - An earthquake of 7.6 magnitude struck off the Philippines on Friday damaging roads and bridges and sending people fleeing to higher ground in fear of a tsunami, a politician and authorities said.

The quake was centred off the east coast, 146km off the town of Guiuan in Samar province at a depth of about 32km, the United States (US) Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for much of the region, but cancelled it about two hours later.

However, Philippine authorities maintained their tsunami warning after ordering residents to get out of coastal areas immediately.

 
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