By Joel C. Atencio
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC) warned the country’s coastal communities and fishermen against going out to sea following a tsunami alert from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
The tsunami alert level 2 was raised Friday afternoon following a strong earthquake which hit northern Japan.
“Fishermen should be on alert,” NDRRMC head Benito Ramos told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
He said the Philippine Coast Guard (PGC) has been placed on alert.
Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo stated the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake occurred at 1:46 p.m. near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
The USGS estimated the epicenter at 130 kilometers east of Sendai, Honshu; 178 km east of Yamagata, Honshu; 178 km east-northeast of Fukushima, Honshu; or 373 km northeast of Tokyo.
Areas in the Philippine eastern coastline given a warning on tsunami are: Batanes Island, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Quezon, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur. (PNA)