Tsunami Alert

3:48 PM

The 8.9M earthquake that hit Sendai, Honshu, Japan presented a possibility of a string of tsunami waves in Japan and some neighboring countries.

The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for Japan's pacific coast and various other countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Guam, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Hawaii and Northern Marianas (USA) and Taiwan. The tsunami warning issued by Japan was the most serious on its warning scale, implying that the wave was expected to be 10 meters high. A 0.5 meter high wave hit Japan's northern coast. Kyodo news agency has reported a 4 meter tsunami hitting Iwate Prefecture in Japan. Waves have flooded the Miyagi prefecture, picking up cars and building along its path as well as toppling boats and electric posts. As of this writing, about 4 million homes in and around Tokyo are without power.

PHIVOLCS on the other hand has issued Tsunami Alert Level 1 to the following provinces in the Philippines but raised it to Level 2 and waves might hit around 5PM to 7PM:

• Batanes Group of Islands
• Cagayan
• Ilocos Norte
• Isabela
• Quezon
• Aurora
• Camarines Norte
• Camarines Sur
• Albay
• Catanduanes
• Sorsogon
• Northern Samar
• Eastern Samar
• Leyte
• Southern Leyte
• Surigao del Norte
• Surigao del Sur
• Davao Oriental
• Davao del Sur

Please make sure all your relatives are ready and are in safe places. Let's all be prepared to face the earthquake aftershocks. As of this posting, the Tsunami Alert Level 1 does not require evacuation yet in places under watch. “No evacuation order is in effect, but communities along the west coast of the country are advised to wait for further information and to prepare for possible evacuation,” said NDRRMC.

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