A potent 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippine coast at 10:37 p.m., triggering midnight evacuations following a tsunami warning. No major damage or casualties were reported. Initially, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center anticipated waves in the southern Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, and Malaysia but later retracted the warning. In Japan, evacuation orders affected various parts of Okinawa Prefecture, including the entire coastal area.
Teresito Bacolcol, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, urged residents along the coast of southern Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental provinces to evacuate to higher ground. Boat owners were advised to secure vessels in harbors and move away from the waterfront. A potential 1-meter tsunami was projected, with higher waves likely in enclosed areas.
Villagers in Hinatuan town and surrounding areas fled their homes around midnight, documented through images on Hinatuan government’s Facebook account. Over three hours after the quake, Bacolcol reported no tsunami hitting the coast but emphasized continued monitoring.
The Philippines, positioned on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” frequently faces earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The archipelago also contends with about 20 typhoons and storms annually, making it one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.