Quake panic in Philippines
A POWERFUL undersea earthquake which hit the southern Philippines prompted people to scramble out of shopping centres and other buildings as authorities feared it could spark a tsunami.
No casualties or damage were reported hours after the quake struck before noon local time yesterday, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre later lifted its alert for a potential tsunami that it had said could hit coastal areas of the southern Philippines and Indonesia.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake was detected at a depth of 37 miles, 100 miles off Davao Oriental province, with a magnitude of 7.2. Several aftershocks were later felt.