A magnitude 6.9 earthquake was reported at 11:49 this morning at Tayasan town in Negros Oriental. Intensity III tremors were reported as far south as Butuan and Cagayan de Oro, and as far North as Legaspi City in Albay. Dumaguete City, the nearest major city to the epicenter, experienced Intensity VII tremors.
The President has been informed and is being constantly updated of the situation. He has already tasked PHIVOLCS to monitor the affected areas for further seismic activity. A Level 2 tsunami alert has already been issued by PHIVOLCS requiring residents in affected areas to stay away from the shorelines and to be on alert for unusual waves.
DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas has instructed Coast Guard Chief Edmund Tan to prevent fishermen from going out to sea for the duration of the alert. PNP Region VI and VII have already been instructed by Gen. Nicanor Bartolome to keep the population away from the shoreline, and to ensure the maintenance of peace and order, while the alert is ongoing. DSWD personnel are already on standby to lend support and relief to affected citizens.
While there are no forced evacuations being ordered, we implore the people in affected areas to remain vigilant and take the necessary safety precautions. Let us cooperate with government agencies, allow them to do their work, and remain calm and watchful.