Phivolcs lifts tsunami warning after strong Mexico quake

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) lifted at 3:29 p.m. Friday, September 8, the tsunami warning it issued following the powerful earthquake that hit Chiapas, Mexico.

Phivolcs said that based on all available data, there is no destructive tsunami threat to the Philippines associated with the magnitude 8 earthquake that left at least five people dead in Mexico.

The quake occurred at 12:49 p.m. off the coast of Chiapas. It had a depth of 33 kilometers. The US Geological Survey recorded at least 20 strong aftershocks in Mexico as of 6:40 p.m.

In its latest advisory, Phivolcs advised residents of coastal communities fronting the Pacific Ocean to wait and listen for updates from authorities.

A tsunami is a series of sea waves commonly generated by under-the-sea earthquakes and whose heights could be greater than five meters, according to Phivolcs. (SunStar Philippines)