Tsunami alert lifted, no abnormal sea conditions seen

<p><em>(Phivolcs photo)</em></p>

(Phivolcs photo)

MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has canceled the tsunami warning issued in some coastal areas in the country, following a strong earthquake that jolted Taiwan on Wednesday morning.

“Based on available data of our sea level monitoring stations, facing the epicentral area, no significant sea level disturbances have been reported since 07:58 a.m. up until the cancellation,” the agency said in its Tsunami Information No. 2 issued at 10:33 a.m.

"With this, any effects due to the tsunami warning have largely passed and therefore DOST-PHIVOLCS has now cancelled all Tsunami Warnings issued for this event," it added.

The agency has earlier alerted residents in coastal areas in the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, and Isabela to seek higher grounds due to possible high tsunami waves, after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Taiwan's eastern part.

Taiwan's Central Weather Administration said the tremor occurred at 7:58 a.m., with its epicenter located some 25 kilometers south-southeast of Hualien County. (PNA)