Quake Near Philippines, Tsunami Threat Passes

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Philippine villagers who fled after an earthquake returned to their homes Saturday after a tsunami alert was lifted.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Friday's magnitude 7.6 quake was centered to the east of the Philippines, about 96 kilometers from the town of Sulangan.

Officials say the quake killed one person. It also caused some power outages and damage to structures.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued warnings Friday for the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan and Palau, but cancelled the tsunami warnings after the threat passed. Only a small wave was generated.

In March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami that struck northeast Japan. More than 15,000 people were killed. The disaster also caused major damage to Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant.