PHIVOLCS TSUNAMI ALERT LEVEL is now 2–LIST OF AFFECTED AREAS and Warning notice for Philippines

Wave warning from British Embassy Manila for the Philippines

The concerned public is advised to BE ON ALERT FOR UNUSUAL WAVES. 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 is expected to experience wave heights of at most 1 meter. The first tsunami waves will arrive between 5 to 7 PM, March 11, 2011 and may not always be the largest. These waves may continue for hours.

DATE:    11 March 2011, 3:30 PM
Source:  DOST-PHIVOLCS
 

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW:  TSUNAMI ALERT LEVEL 2
Be on Alert for Unusual Waves A strong distant earthquake occurred near East Coast of HONSHU, JAPAN at 01:46PM (Philippine Time), located at 38.0°N, 142.5°E with depth of 10 km and a preliminary magnitude of 8.8. PHIVOLCS TSUNAMI ALERT LEVEL is now 2. The concerned public is advised to  BE ON ALERT FOR UNUSUAL WAVES. 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 is expected to experience wave heights of at most 1 meter. The first tsunami waves will arrive between 5 PM to 7 PM, March 11, 2011 (Philippine time) and may not always be the largest. These waves may continue for hours.  People are advised to STAY AWAY FROM THE SJHORELINE DURING THIS PERIOD. People SHOULD NOT GO TO THE COAST TO WATCH THE TSUNAMI. People whose houses are very near coastal areas facing the Pacific Ocean are strongly advised to go farther inland.
Only the coastal areas fronting the Pacific Ocean of the following provinces should keep watch:

• Batanes Group of Islands 
• Cagayan
• Northernmost areas of Iocos Norte
• Isabela
• Quezon 2
• Aurora
• Camarines Norte
• Camarines Sur
• Albay
• Catanduanes
• Sorsogon
• Northern Samar
• Eastern Samar
• Leyte
• Southern Leyte
• Surigao del Norte
• Surigao del Sur
• Davao Oriental
• Davao del Sur

 
Owners of boats in harbours, estuaries or shallow water of the abovementioned provinces should secure their boats and move away from the water
front. Boats already at sea during this period should stay off-shore in deep waters until further advised.
 
II. ACTIONS TAKEN:
• NDRRMC Advisory on  Tsunami Bulletin No. 2 were disseminated to concerned OCD Regions through SMS, facsimile and website for further dissemination to their respective local DRRMCs from the provincial down to the municipal levels
• The  Executive Director, NDRRMC USEC Benito Ramos  conducted a press briefing due to influx of media at the NDRRMC Operation Center to inform the 
press people that the government is under control once the Philippines is  affected  
• Likewise, the public are advised not to panic but be alert and go to the higher grounds