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2012 Philippines Earthquake

A strong earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines triggering tsunami warnings across Asia. The earthquake struck on August 31, 2012 at 20:47 local time.


  • Date and Time of Earthquake - 02:48 AM HST on August 31, 2012
  • Coordinates - 10.9 NORTH 127.1 EAST
  • Location - Philippine Islands Region
  • Magnitude - 7.6 on the Richter Scale

Location of Quake

The quake was hit at a depth of 21.7 miles and was centered 66 miles east of Samar Island and 91 miles off the town of Guiuan in Samar province.


The impact was felt at city of Davao, about 250 miles south of Guiuan. One house was collapsed in southern Cagayan de Oro city. There was no electricity in several Philippines towns and cities.

The quake was expected to hit Indonesia first at 13:35 GMT. The times passed without immediate reports of damage.

Tsunami Alerts

Tsunami alerts came in effect following the earthquake in several Asian countries including Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, the Northern Marianas and Papua New Guinea. Tsunami alert was also issued earlier in the US state of Hawaii. The alert were soon lifted in most of the countries except Philippines, Indonesia and Palau. Tsunami alert for Hawaii was lifted at 03:31 HST

Residents living along the coastline of eastern Samar Island were advised to evacuate immediately.

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