Live: Quake magnitude reduced to 7.6, tsunami warning trimmed

7.35PM IST the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has reduced the earthquake magnitude to 7.6 Richter Scale. The tsunami warning for Hawaii also stands cancelled.

7.30PM IST From the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center: A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR INDONESIA/PHILIPPINES/BELAU

7.21 PM IST Relief for Japan, Taiwan, several Pacific islands as tsunami warning is withdrawn.

https://twitter.com/BreakingNews/status/241531852559638529

7.00 PM IST The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center calculated that the tsunami might hit the Hawaii coast at 3.58am IST.

6.28 PM IST The agency is figuring out if the tsunami waves will hit the US cost in Hawaii.

Live: Quake magnitude reduced to 7.6, tsunami warning trimmed

Tsunami scare. Reuters

6.27PM IST: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning after the 7.9 Richter scale magnitude earthquake hit Philippines. The earthquake could generate a destructive tsunami that may affect coastal areas far from the epicentre, according to the agency.

Manila: (AP) A 7.9-magnitude undersea quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday, triggering tsunami warnings across a wide swath 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.

The quake hit at a depth of 34.9 kilometers (21.7 miles) and was centered 106 kilometers (66 miles) east of Samar Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The head of the Philippine seismology agency, Renato Solidum, said his bureau recorded a preliminary magnitude of 7.7. He said that residents living along the coastline of eastern Samar Island were advised to evacuate to high ground in case of the tsunami.

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Updated Date: Aug 31, 2012 19:40:20 IST

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