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Eathquake Swarm Hits the Philippines Including a Powerful 6.7 Magnitude quake.

February 6, 2012

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February 6, 2012 –Earthquake Swarm Hits the Philippines: A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines on Monday (see map above); along with a large earthquake swarm; killing a child and triggering a local tsunami alert. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology issued the tsunami alert for the central Philippines, saying the quake, which hit in a narrow strait just off Negros Island (see map), could trigger a 3-foot (1-meter) wave along the island’s eastern coast as well as west of Cebu City, the country’s second largest. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a wider regional warning. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 44 miles (72 kilometers) north of Dumaguete city (see map) on Negros and hit at a depth of 29 miles (46 kilometers). People rushed out of schools, malls and offices during the quake. Officials in some areas suspended…

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