7.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred on Friday in the central part of the Philippine archipelago, has led to widespread destruction of infrastructure, Reuters reported citing local authorities.
In particular, there were reports of the destruction of roads and bridges. Samar island inhabitants, fearing a tsunami after the earthquake, were quick to take refuge in an elevated location, the report said.
For information on possible casualties or injuries among the population have been received.
The epicenter was located at 146 kilometers from the island of Samar. Hearth tremors occur at the depth of 32 kilometers.
At this point, seismologists lifted threat of a tsunami after a powerful earthquake on all Pacific territories except Indonesia and the Philippines, according to the Pacific Warning Center the tsunami threat the United States.
Earlier Center warned that the waves caused by the earthquake may threaten Japan, Taiwan and some other Pacific countries and territories.
Philippines passes through the Pacific "fire zone" — the band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40 thousand kilometers. He circles the Pacific Ocean, passing along the coasts of North and South America to the southern part of Alaska, then turns to Japan and Indonesia and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and South West Pacific. It is in the "Ring of Fire" is the vast majority of the known volcanic planet. There are also 90% of all earthquakes in the world.