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Tsunami warning after massive 7.9 earthquake strikes off Philippines coast

A 7.9-magnitude undersea quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines today, triggering tsunami warnings across a wide swath of Asia.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

A tsunami alert was in effect for the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, the Northern Marianas and Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

The quake hit at a depth of 21.7 miles and was centred 66 miles east of Samar Island, the US Geological Survey said.

The head of the Philippine seismology agency, Renato Solidum, said his bureau recorded a preliminary magnitude of 7.7.

He said that residents living along the coastline of eastern Samar Island were advised to evacuate to high ground in case of the tsunami.

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