7.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred last night in the center of the Philippine archipelago, followed by 127 aftershocks, according to the news portal GMA News.
In an interview with radio station dzBB director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Phivolcs) Renato Solidum (Renato Solidum) urged local people not to panic, as the total number of such aftershocks (aftershocks following the main quake) could eventually amount to several thousand. However, it is possible that some of these shocks can exceed in strength the main earthquake, he added.
Immediately after the earthquake, the Philippine authorities have announced a warning about the possibility of third-degree tsunami, which was canceled after a few hours, as the shock wave emerged was too weak to threaten people's lives. According to the National Mapping and Resource Information Philippines (NMRIA), does not exceed the height of the tsunami and half a meter off the coast of the Northern provinces of Sorsogon and Surigao.
The earthquake resulted in significant damage to the infrastructure, but at this point we only know of one victim and one affected, reports GMA News. In Cagayan de Oro on Mindanao island killed 50-year-old woman and her five-year grandson was injured when their buried by a landslide.
According to the radio station dzBB, in many parts of Eastern Visayas (region, closest to the epicenter of the earthquake) violated communication and power, damaged several bridges. This, however, does not apply to the longest bridge in the Philippines between the islands of Samar and Leyte length of over two kilometers.
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.
In July 1990, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 in the northern Philippines killed more than 1.6 thousand people.