Tsunami Warning as 7.9 Quake Strikes Near Philippines

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 strikes off the coast of the Philippines, the U.S. Geological Survey says, prompting a tsunami warning in several countries.

The quake prompted a tsunami warning for parts of Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Guam and other areas, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

"An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours," the tsunami warning center said.


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