At least six dead in Philippines quake

Saul Bowman
April 23, 2019

The quake also damaged an airport terminal at Clark freeport, a former U.S. Air Force base, and an old Roman Catholic church in Pampanga, and caused cracks in highways and bridges, Pineda and other officials said.

At least five people have been killed in the Philippines after a powerful quake struck the main island of Luzon, officials say.

Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda told DZMM radio that she had received reports that the quake left at least eight people dead in her province, a rice-growing agricultural region, but could not provide details.

Twenty people have so far been rescued and taken to hospital, she added.

NGCP said it is still assessing the extent of the damage caused by the natural disaster.

Residents posted photos on social of media showing a collapsed ceiling and light fixtures swinging in the moments after the quake.

Workers in Manila, the Philippine capital, wore helmets as they evacuated office buildings. Among those trapped were customers and employees of a grocery on the building's ground floor, she said. "People looked in shock, but no one was shouting or anything like that", she said.

The quake was centred on the town of Castillejos, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of Manila, local geologists said.

It was initially reported at magnitude 5.7 but was upgraded by Phivolcs to magnitude 6.1.

"The clothes hanging on our line were really swaying".

The Philippines island chain lies along the edge of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" - a seismically active boundary surrounding the Pacific tectonic plate and its adjacent plates.

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