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In the Philippines, the ocean is boiling

Suspected sea vent in Cebu province brings seawater to a boil
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A coastal resident walks along the sand in Cebu province in the Philippines. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

Coastal dwellers in the Philippines' Cebu province are observing a rather Biblical phenomenon: the ocean is boiling.

According to Manila's ABS-CBN News, government volcanology experts have traveled to a seaside village to study the phenomenon, which locals began to notice after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in February.

The boiling, locals say, is most visible when waters recede during low tide.