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7.7 magnitude earthquake hits Philippines as Japan issues tsunami alert

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake has hit the Philippines as Japan faces a tsunami alert.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre confirmed Mindanao was rocked by the earthquake.

The earthquake was at a depth of 63 km (39 miles).

Tsunamis could still hit the Philippines and Japan shortly.

The Philippines could see tsunamis by midnight, the Philippine Seismology Agency has revealed.

The Japanese broadcaster NHK said tsunami waves of up to a metre high could hit the Asian island by 1.30am on Sunday.

The US Geographic Survey put the quake at magnitude 7.6 and a depth of 32 km (20 miles).

It also confirmed the earthquake hit at 10.37 pm local time (2.37pm GMT).

An alert was also issued on Japan’s western Pacific coast.

The Japan Meteorological Agency confirmed the alert was issued on Saturday.

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