AFP to help in evacuation in case of tsunami

Armed Forces of the PhilippinesImage via WikipediaPIA Press Release, Friday, March 11, 2011

QUEZON CITY, March 11 (PIA) – Armed Forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo SL Oban Jr. said that the AFP will help in the evacuation of people that may be possibly hit by a tsunami.

Oban said the AFP is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with other national government agencies, local government units, and communities near shorelines.

The AFP chief of staff also directed the Philippine Navy specifically the Naval Forces in Luzon to provide necessary assistance to communities that will be possibly affected by the tsunami.

Earlier this afternoon at 1:46 PM (Philippine time), a strong distant earthquake occurred near East coast of Honshu, Japan with a preliminary magnitude of 8.8.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level to number two and advised the public to be on alert for unusual waves that might hit the eastern provinces of the country from Batanes down to Davao del Sur from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Residents are advised to be on alert and stay away from the shoreline during this period. (RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)