An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck off the Philippines last night and a tsunami warning was issued for the region, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
The quake was centered off the east coast, 146km off the town of Guiuan in Samar Province at a depth of about 32km, USGS said.
A tsunami warning was issued for the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and other islands in the Pacific, including the US state of Hawaii, but was later lifted for Taiwan, Japan and several other Pacific islands.
“If you are anywhere near the coast I recommend that you head to higher ground,” Paul Caruso of the USGS said by telephone.
Additional reporting by AP