2 Sep 2012

People return to their homes after coastal quake

8:42 pm on 2 September 2012

People on the Pacific coast of the Philippines have returned to their homes after fleeing inland after an offshore earthquake triggered a tsunami warning.

Evacuations were ordered after the 7.6 quake occurred at 8.47pm on Friday. The epicentre of the quake was 146km from the town of Guiuan, on the southern tip of Samar.

Regional tsunami warnings have now been lifted.

There have since been more than 150 aftershocks, but engineers and repair teams have inspected roads, bridges and public buildings and noted only minor damage.

The only reported death was that of a woman killed in a landslide triggered by the first quake.