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Hazardous waves possible after large earthquake hits southern Philippines

A large earthquake struck Mindanao, the southernmost large island of the Philippines.

A large earthquake struck Mindanao, the southernmost large island of the Philippines, in the early morning of Saturday, April 29.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the earthquake’s preliminary magnitude was 6.8 while USGS measured it at 7.2.

The quake struck around 4:30 a.m. local time off the southwest coast of Sarangani province, about 26km (16 miles) southwest of Balangonan at a depth of around 43km (27miles).

The PTWC said waves 0.3-1 meter over the tidal level are possible some parts of the Philippine coast.

Waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above tide level for the coasts of Indoniesa, Malaysia, Palau and Yap.

No tsunami threat exists to Australia or the Pacific US.

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