Following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that jolted Japan early this afternoon, the Philippines is bracing for the appearance of tsunami that is expected to happen between 17:00 and 19:00 local time, in a report by the Manila Bulletin.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) advised the people to stay away from the shorelines in the following areas: Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Quezon, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur.
Rescue teams are on standby in the event of any untoward incidents.
Hospitals near the coastal areas were placed on Code White Alert that give them more access to medicines according to the health department.
Residents in Albay, south of Manila, were evacuated to higher grounds following the order of authorities. About 90,000 people have started to move from 15:00 today, according to PDI.
Classes were suspended in Albay and Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines.
Here is a brief categories of earthquakes:
Great-8 or more-Can totally destroy communities near the epicenter
Major-7 to 7.9-Serious damage
Strong-6 to 6.9-May cause damage in very populated areas
Moderate-5 to 5.9-Slight damage to buildings and other structures
Light-4 to 4.9-Often felt, but only causes minor damage
Minor-3 to 3.9-Usually not felt, but can be recorded by seismograph.
Details of this report here.