State seismologists raised a tsunami alert over at least 19 areas in the Philippines on Friday afternoon after a magnitude-8.9 quake hit Japan, the biggest to hit that country in seven years.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Tsunami Alert Level 2, warning of possible waves reaching Philippine shores between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.

The Phivolcs advised the public to be on alert for unusual waves, which may be as high as one meter.

Malacañang on Friday ordered the mandatory evacuation of the residents living 10 to 40 meters from the shoreline of Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos, Isabela and 15 other provinces.


19 Philippine provinces are facing the threat of tsunami, in red

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