An earthquake of 7.6 magnitude struck off the Philippines on Friday, destroying roads and bridges and sending people fleeing to higher ground in fear of a tsunami, authorities said.
It was initially recorded as having a magnitude of 7.9, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
Warnings that were in effect for several Pacific islands and Taiwan and Japan were canceled. Watches for several other coastal areas in the region including Hawaii were also later lifted.
The tsunami warnings remained for parts of the Philippines and Indonesia, the center said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties. People urged to evacuate to high ground
“We are in a wait and see situation, some bridges and roads were damaged and people panicked and are now on higher ground,” he told local radio later.
“If you are anywhere near the coast I recommend that you head to higher ground,” Paul Caruso of the USGS told Sky TV by telephone when asked about a threat of a tsunami hitting the coast of the Philippines.
Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine seismology agency, said residents should get to a 10-meter (30-foot) elevation until the tsunami alert was lifted.