News ID: 251766
Published: 0241 GMT April 22, 2019

Philippine quake knocks over building, damages airport, kills several

Philippine quake knocks over building, damages airport, kills several
Wearing protective helmets, employees evacuate their office building following an earthquake in Manila, Philippines, on April 22, 2019.

A strong earthquake in the north Philippines on Monday trapped some people in a collapsed building, damaged an airport terminal and knocked out power in at least one province, officials said.

Gov. Lilia Pineda of Pampanga Province, north of Manila, told DZMM radio that about 20 people were rescued, some with injuries, from the small building which collapsed in Porac town when the 6.1 magnitude quake jolted the capital and outlying provinces on the main northern island of Luzon. Among those trapped were customers and employees of a grocery on the building's ground floor, she said.

At least six people were killed and 50 injured when the earthquake jolted the Philippines, causing structures to collapse, AAP reported.

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

Clark airport was closed temporarily because of damaged check-in counters, ceilings and parts of the departure area, airport official Jaime Melo said, adding that seven people were slightly injured and more than 100 flights were canceled.

Renato Solidum, who heads the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the late afternoon quake was centered near the northwestern town of Castillejos in Zambales Province. Dozens of aftershocks were recorded.

After the earthquake struck the capital, Manila, hundreds of office workers dashed out of buildings in panic, some wearing hard hats, and residents ran out of houses.

The Philippines, one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because of its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," a seismically active arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. A magnitude 7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.

Also the last major quake to hit the country was a 7.1-magnitude tremor that killed more than 220 people in the central Philippines in October 2013.


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