No official word yet on a tsunami.
Large quake shakes Philippines; no tsunami threat to Hawaii
A large earthquake has struck the Philippines but did not generate a tsunami threat for Hawaii, officials said today.
The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2, was centered 3 miles east of Balilihan in Bohol province at 8:13 a.m. Tuesday at the epicenter (2:13 p.m. Monday in Hawaii) at a depth of 35 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach said “no destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter.”
The initial temblor was followed by a magnitude 5,4 quake in the same area about 15 minutes later, according to the USGS.