Manila, PHILIPPINES (August 31, 2012) — World Vision is prepared and ready to respond after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Philippines. Authorities issued a tsunami warning a short time later. People in coastal areas of the island are being asked to evacuate and strong aftershocks are expected.
“We could feel the ground shake violently. The quake was strong, possibly the strongest we’ve experience so far and the power was cut off,” said Adonis Casinillo, a World Vision staff member.
“When the quake happened, I saw people running away from the mall, worried the building may collapse,” said Mai Zamora, World Vision’s field communicator in the Philippines. “There was a 6.9 magnitude quake that struck very close to this area last February. That’s left people very nervous and on edge.”
There are no immediate reports on the extent of any damage or injuries, but at this time no casualties have been reported. World Vision emergency response teams are currently headed to affected areas to assess the damage and respond as needed. Staff on the ground report that although people are concerned, the situation appears to be under control.
“I’ve seen people running away from the coastal areas, afraid of the tsunami,” Zamora said. “They are heading for higher ground as fast as they can.”
World Vision has worked in the Philippines for more than 50 years, doing both relief and development activities.
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