Videos, Tweets, Photos: On Magnitude 6.8 earthquake & Tsunami alert in Cebu and Negros area

Updated at 2:30 PM

Tsunami alert cancelled by PHIVOLCS as of 230pm. |via @zenhernandez

Earlier, Cebu residents were in panic as false news was running around that water crept inside a mall. @JimboySalomon showed photos of the traffic and commotion in Urgello St. in Cebu. Below are videos shared by tweeps in Cebu.

Updated from NDRRMC 1:40 PM

NDRRMC Advisory re Tsunami Bulletin No. 1 06 Feb 2012 12:05 PM

Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center ” said there was no danger of a widespread destructive tsunami.
But Phivolcs raised its tsunami warning to the second of a three-stop alert level for coastal areas in Negros, meaning the public is asked to stay away from beaches and “be watchful” for any signs of rising tides.”

“However, level two does not warrant any evacuation. Ramos said the chances of a tsunami or a tidal wave were very slim because the quake’s epicenter was located on a narrow strait between two islands.”

Lowered magnitude

Lowered to Magnitude 6.7 – NEGROS – CEBU REGION, PHILIPPINES as of 2012 February 06 03:49:16 UTC

Updated Tsunami warning

Based from Pacific Tsunami Warning – TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0355Z 06 FEB 2012

NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN
A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES
IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

However Phivolcs sounds tsunami alert 2 as Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off Negros

This is a report from U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:Magnitude 6.8 – NEGROS – CEBU REGION, PHILIPPINES
2012 February 06 03:49:16 UTC

70 km (44 miles) N (355°) from Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines
79 km (49 miles) WNW (298°) from Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
80 km (50 miles) SSE (158°) from Bacolod, Negros, Philippines
574 km (356 miles) SSE (154°) from MANILA, Philippines

Here is the intensity map of the Negros-Cebu region

Video from a student in Cebu. It appears to be from STC College of Cebu

Tweets from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Silay City reported the strong earthquake. Aftershocks were felt 30 minutes after.

Here are their tweets

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