Philvocs

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Monday assured that the 6.6 magnitude earthquake at the South Western Ryukyu islands in Japan will not affect the country.

“A strong distant earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 occurred at South Western Ryukyu Islands Japan on 2015 APRIL 20 at 9:43 AM (Philippine Standard Time) located at 23.9 oN, 122.3 oE with depth of 1 km. No destructive Pacific-wide threat exists based on the historical and tsunami data,” Philvocs said in an advisory issued at 9:55a.m.

“However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coast located within a hundred kilometers of the epicenter. This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake,” it added. Meanwhile, Japan has also lifted its tsunami warning after it forecasted a tsunami as high as one meter (three feet) earlier today.

In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake caused a powerful tsunami which hit Japan killing over 18,000 people.