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7.2 earthquake today in Sarangani triggers tsunami warning

April 29, 2017: A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.2 occurred 53 km SW of Sarangani, Davao Occidental at 04:23 am Philippine Standard Time (PST) prompting Tsunami warning in different countries.

"Waves reaching up to 1 meter above normal tide levels are possible in the Philippines, while some coastlines in Indonesia, Malaysia and Palau could expect waves up to 30 centimeters higher than usual," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The tsunami warning was lifted an hour later, with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center saying that “the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now passed.”

The Philippines institute of volcanology and seismology (PHIVOLCS) cancelled the tsunami advisory at  06:54 am (PST). 

PHIVOLCS mentioned that, "The occurrence of sea level disturbance was confirmed by records of the Sarangani sea level monitoring station showing a drop of approximately 30cm and a maximum rise of approximately 10cm wave height relative to normal sea level. It is expected that the continuing sea level fluctuations in the area associated with this event will no longer exceed this recorded wave height."

No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.

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