Feb 28, 2010

PHILVOCS : Tsunami to Reach Philippines 1-2:30pm, Sunday

abs-cbnNEWS.com| 02/27/2010 5:50 PM
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) -- The first wave of tsunamis generated by the massive earthquake which hit Chile on Saturday will hit the Philippines at 1-2.:30 p.m. on Sunday.

"The estimated arrival time of the first tsunami waves is between 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (Philippine Time) on 28 February 2010 (Sunday afternoon)," the Phivolcs said in its 11:30 pm bulletin posted on Saturday.

Dr. Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), told radio dzMM early Sunday that alert level 1 was still up over the eastern coast of the Philippines.

He said Phivolcs is not yet recommending an evacuation of eastern coastal communities since they have not yet established how high the tsunamis will be.

As of posting time, he said the tsunamis that have hit some parts of Chile were only 1 to 2 meters high.

Eastern coastal communities

Based on the Phivolcs advisory, the following "coastal areas fronting the Pacific Ocean that should keep watch" are:

Batanes Group of Islands
Cagayan
Ilocos Norte
Isabela

Quezon
Aurora

Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Albay
Sorsogon
Catanduanes

Northern Samar
Eastern Samnar
Leyte
Southern Leyte

Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Davao Oriental
Davao del Sur

"While Tsunami Alert Level 1 means that no evacuation order is in effect, communities along the identified coasts are advised to prepare for possible evacuation. People from threatened communities are strongly advised to coordinate and follow safety instructions from the Office of Civil Defense and local disaster officials," Phivolcs said.

Solidum said a powerful earthquake that hit Chile in 1960 generated tsunamis in the Philippines 24 hours after the quake.

The tsunamis were 3 meters high in Luzon, and around 6 meters in Visayas and Mindanao. Solidum described these as not so high.

He said this may happen again with the magnitude 8.8 quake that hit Chile on Saturday.

Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara Castillo told dzMM early Sunday that the mayors of the province have been informed about the tsunami warning and that their contingency plans are already activate.

Evacuation centers and transportation are being prepared, she said. Hopefully, "our preparations will be sufficient," she added

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