The US Tsunami Warning System issued a tsunami warning after the tremor. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves are expected to hit the southern Philippines and parts of Indonesia, Palau and Malaysia based on size and location. Civilians were evacuated from some parts as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, Japanese broadcaster NHK said tsunami waves of up to one meter were expected to hit Japan’s southwest coast at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.
A Philippine government agency has advised residents of the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental on Mindanao’s east coast to move to safer places immediately.
Hinatuan Police Sergeant Joseph Lambo said the city’s 45,000 residents have been ordered to leave their homes. Citizens are said to be moving to higher ground. Boat owners have been warned to secure their vessels and stay away from shore.
Last month, eight people were killed in a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in the southern Philippines.