MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 5) Alert level 2 has been raised in the 19 provinces that could be hit by at most one-meter tsunami waves between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and residents in these areas have been advised to go farther inland and prepare for possible evacuation, disaster officials said Friday, after an 8.9 magnitude quake struck Japan earlier in the day.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified these provinces fronting the Pacific Ocean as:
• Batanes Group of Islands
• Ilocos Norte
• Camarines Norte
• Camarines Sur
• Northern Samar
• Eastern Samar
• Southern Leyte
• Surigao del Norte
• Surigao del Sur
• Davao Oriental
• Davao del Sur
Based on tsunami wave models and early tide gauge records of the tsunami in the Pacific, coastal areas in Philippine provinces fronting the Pacific Ocean are expected to experience wave heights of at most one meter,” said Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum.
One meter is a person’s shoulder-level, Solidum said when asked how high the waves would be. Solidum said the first tsunami wave would arrive between “5 p.m. and 7 p.m.” He said although the waves may not be the largest, these may continue “for hours.”
Solidum also warned owners of boats in harbors in the affected provinces to secure them and move away from the water front. “Boats already at sea during this period should stay offshore in deep waters until further advised,” he added. With a report from Kristine Alave, Philippine Daily Inquirer, AP, AFP
Tsunami Slams Northeast Japan
Prior to this Japan experienced a 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake and a powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Authorities said at least 32 people were killed.
The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.
As I stated on my previous blog entry entitled Fire Prevention Month below are the following Emergency Hotline Numbers that you can call for disaster emergency situations in the Philippines, especially urgent rescue and relief needs.
National Disaster Coordinating Committee (NDCC)
Bureau of Fire Protection, National Capital Region
Bureau of Fire Protection, Region III (Central Luzon)
Hotline (045) 9634376
Philippine Coast Guard
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
Taguig emergency hotline
Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. emergency hotlines
for dumptrucks going to flooded areas for rescue of stranded people:
Sen. Dick Gordon (Philippine National Red Cross)
Please send address of stranded friends/family to