Philippines Lifts Tsunami Alert after Magnitude-7.4 Earthquake
At least one person was killed and four were injured in a magnitude-7.4 earthquake in the southern Philippines, where residents remained on edge amid hundreds of aftershocks, dpa quoted officials as saying on Sunday.
The quake struck Saturday evening off Hinatuan town in the Surigao Del Sur province, 906 kilometers south of Manila, prompting authorities to warn of "life-threatening" tsunami waves.
Waves measuring less than 1 metre were monitored in coastal towns and islands in the southern provinces until 2:52 am (1852 GMT Saturday), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
The tsunami alert was lifted early Sunday, five hours after the earthquake, which has since generated more than 500 aftershocks, with the strongest at a magnitude of 6.1, Phivolcs said.
The Philippines is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where about 90% of the world's earthquakes occur.
One of the strongest quakes to hit the country was in July 1990, when more than 2,400 people were killed on the northern island of Luzon in a 7.8-magnitude earthquake.