Strong undersea quake reported off southern Philippines, hazardous tsunami waves possible

Posted at 8:45 PM, Dec 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 10:36:16-05

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An undersea 6.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the southern Philippines, prompting the potential to generate a tsunami.

No casualties or damage have been reported immediately on Saturday.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at a depth of 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Davao city in the main southern region of Mindanao.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 300 kilometers (186 miles) of the epicenter along the coasts of the Philippines and Indonesia. The alert sent panic through the area, forcing people to scramble out of malls and buildings within the area, the Associated Press reported.

The alert has since been called off by the PTWC.