Phivolcs lifts tsunami alert

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has lifted its alert for tsunami in the country’s east coast.

Phivolcs said it did not receive reports of “unusual significant sea level changes within the projected arrival period of tsunami waves in the Philippine coasts.”

“Other observations of the passage of tsunami in the nearby countries show that the waves are small and non-damaging,” it said in its 3:15 p.m. advisory.

Phivolcs raised the tsunami alert to level 2 at 7 a.m. Sunday as it “strongly advised” coastal dwellers from 19 provinces facing the Pacific Ocean to evacuate, saying the 8.8 magnitude quake that rocked Chile on Saturday could trigger big waves and reach the Philippine shores between 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

It had also advised boats in harbors, estuaries or shallow coastal water to return to shore and vessels already at sea to stay offshore in deep waters.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has also lifted its alert in the Pacific and Asia.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum on Saturday said that in 1960, Chile was hit by a 9.5 magnitude tremor, the strongest recorded earthquake in history. Waves as high as six meters reached the eastern coasts of the Philippines 24 hours after the quake struck.

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