Philippines natural disaster: Five deaths reported on Luzon

Wednesday, 24 Apr, 2019

The national disaster agency said the Monday quake injured 81 people and damaged 29 buildings across Luzon island, with 14 people reported missing.

One man was reportedly pulled out alive from the supermarket's rubble on Tuesday morning, to cheers from onlookers.

At the same time, the toll in Monday's quake rose to 16, with most of the fatalities in the worst-hit northern province of Pampanga, national disaster officials said.

Porac mayor Condralito Dela Cruz said the natural disaster was the most intense the town had ever experienced.

A resident looks at the rubble of St. Catherine church on Tuesday, including the toppled head of a statue, following a 6.1 magnitude quake in Pampanga province northwest of Manila the previous day. The leg of one of the two survivors had to be amputated to extricate him, Porac Councilor Maynard Lapid said, adding that at least eight trapped people could be heard pleading for help at one point.

A child died in a landslide in nearby Zambales province, officials said.

Seismologists put the tremor at 6.3 initially but subsequently downgraded it to a 6.1 magnitude.

At least 24 people remained missing in the rice-growing agricultural region, majority in the rubble of the collapsed supermarket in Porac, while 81 others were injured, according to the government's disaster-response agency.

The Philippines was rocked with a 6.3 magnitude quake this morning that sent buildings swaying and people running for safety.

All flights at the Clark International Airport have been cancelled and the airport will be closed for 24 hours due to the damage to the building.

The magnitude 6.1 quake hit at about 17:11 local time (09:11 GMT) on Monday, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reports.

Thousands of people were lining the major streets of Makati City and other business districts in Pasig and Taguig after many buildings ordered evacuation.

At least 52 aftershocks have been recorded. Many described the ground movement as rolling "sea waves", the Associated Press reported.

The Philippines is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through South East Asia and across the Pacific basin to the United States, Mexico and South America.

A magnitude 7.7 quake killed almost 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.