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STORM SURGE. Sheds at the Tondaligan Blue Beach in Dagupan City, destroyed by a storm surge Tuesday night. PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/RAY B.ZAMBRANO

Residents living in coastal areas of Pangasinan were thrown into panic Tuesday night after water from the Lingayen Gulf began to rise and flooded their houses. At least 280 families were taken to various evacuation centers. “The water began to rise at about 6 p.m. (Tuesday) and subsided at about 5 a.m. (Wednesday)." A magnitude 6 tremor struck nearby at 12:27 p.m. Tuesday, but the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that the rise in sea water was a "northeast surge enhanced by typhoon “Lando" (Hagibis), not caused by the quake and not a tsunami.

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