Phivolcs: No Tsunami Threat Following 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Near Sarangani Town, Davao West

MANILA, Philippines – State seismologists have ruled out the possibility of a tsunami following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Friday in Sarangani town in Davao Occidental.

In its advisory, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that “based on available sea level data, there is no devastating tsunami threat.”

“There is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake. However, earthquakes of this magnitude can generate unusual sea level disturbances, which can be observed along the coasts near the epicenter of the Davao Occidental earthquake,” Phivolcs explained.

Phivolcs said the earthquake located 30 kilometers southwest of the area occurred at 4:14 p.m. and had a depth of 10 kilometers.

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