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PIA Press Release
2007/04/04

RP out of tsunami danger - Phivolcs

Legazpi City (4 April) -- The Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the country is in no danger of being affected by a destructive tsunami that destroyed entire villages in the Solomon Islands on Monday, April 2.

Phivolcs deputy-director Bartolome Bautista said the agency has already lifted its alert level warnings at noon after receiving advice from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

“We will lift the alert level. According to the PTWC, wala nang hazard na darating. The only thing we should watch out for is increased wave activity,” Bautista said.

He added the offshore earthquake could cause waves to reach as high as one meter “but these are not very hazardous”, and that people living near coastal areas could go back to their normal activities.

Phivolcs earlier raised Alert Levels 1 and 2 in coastal areas after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that smashed into the western province of the Solomon Islands early Monday.

The wall of water, triggered by a 8.0-magnitude earthquake, swamped the town of Gizo, the capital of the western province popular with tourists for its white beaches and diving, locals reported.

Alert Level 2 signifies that there could be a possible minor change in sea level but is “not life threatening” so there is no need to evacuate.

Tsunami comes from the Japanese word “tsu” (harbor) and “nami” (wave). It is described as waves formed by underwater earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, meteor impact, and landslides. (PIA 5) [top]

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