The southern Philippines island of Mindanao experienced a 7.5-magnitude earthquake, as reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). Following the tremors, the US tsunami warning system issued a warning at 10:37 pm. The earthquake occurred at a moderate depth of 32 kilometers (20 miles).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center anticipated tsunami waves affecting the southern Philippines, along with parts of Indonesia, Palau, and Malaysia, based on the magnitude and location of the earthquake. In response, a Philippine government agency advised residents of Surigao Del Sur and Davao Oriental provinces to evacuate immediately to higher grounds or move inland.
This incident follows a 6.7-magnitude earthquake last month in the southern Philippines that resulted in eight casualties. The Philippines, situated along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity, spanning from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.