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Tsunami Warning Raised in 19 Countries as Earthquake Hits China and Japan

China and Japan was just hit by earthquake just a day apart. China was hit by a 5.4-magnitude quake near the border with Myanmar yesterday. Meanwhile, Japan was hit by magnitude 8.9 earthquake, the strongest in 140 years. The Japan earthquake was immediately followed by a 10-feet tsunami and according to CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera, "a tsunami in the Pacific was moving closer to other shorelines in other countries"

Tsunami warnings were raised in the Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia. A total of at least 19 countries had been given warnings including Russia, Central American countries like Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica and the U.S. state of Hawaii. The United States Geological Service even warned that Guam could experience tsunami as 7:09 p.m. (4:09 a.m. ET).

In the Philippines a tsunami warning was placed on 19 provinces along the Philippine shoreline and these includes the following:

  • Batanes Islands
  • Cagayan
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Isabela
  • Quezon
  • Aurora
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Catanduanes
  • Sorsogon
  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Leyte
  • Northern Leyte
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Sur


So far the fatality of the earthquake in China is at 25 with more than 250 people injured. According to an officer from a Chinese government official in that area, "it collapsed houses in the remote Yingjiang county in Yunnan province."

The Japan quakes casualties is yet to be determined. Its epicenter of the Japan earthquake was 373 kilometers (231 miles) away from the capital, Tokyo, the United States Geological Survey said.

People are advised to be vigilant, remain calm and always monitor the news. Take note of emergency numbers and keep your mobile phone batteries charged and first aid kits on hand.

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