Manila: A robust 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippine island of Luzon on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey mentioned, badly damaging a hospital and buildings in a northern province and sending sturdy tremors by means of the capital, Manila. There have been no fast studies of significant accidents or deaths from the quake, which struck about 11 km (six miles) southeast of the city of Dolores and at a shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles).
A hospital in Abra province was evacuated after the constructing partially collapsed following the quake, however there have been no casualties reported, mentioned officers. Abra governor Joy Bernos posted images of the broken Abra provincial hospital on her Facebook account which confirmed a gaping gap within the entrance entrance facade. Other images confirmed hospital beds, together with one with a affected person, wheeled throughout the highway and evacuated hospital employees.
“We are still experiencing aftershocks. We have received reports of damages to houses. But so far no casualties,” mentioned Mayor Rovelyn Villamor within the city of Lagangilang in Abra province. “We don’t have power supply because that’s automatically cut off due to danger,” Villamor advised DZRH radio.
Renato Solidum, director of the state seismology company, advised DZRH radio station, mentioned sturdy aftershocks have been anticipated. “The focus of attention is on Abra and nearby provinces. This is a major earthquake,” Solidum mentioned, including that landslides had been reported in some components of Abra, notably within the city of Manabo.
Abra, residence to almost 250,000 folks, is a landlocked province within the northern Philippines. Its deep valleys and sloping hills are enclosed by rugged mountains.
Eric Singson, a congressman in Ilocos Sur province, additionally within the north, advised DZMM radio station the quake had been felt strongly there. “The earthquake lasted 30 seconds or more. I thought my house would fall,” mentioned Singson. “Now, we are trying to reach people …. Right now there are aftershocks so we are outside our home.”
The quake was additionally felt in Manila the place a number of buildings have been evacuated, with some folks compelled to flee from the thirtieth ground of 1 constructing, and town`s metro rail methods have been halted at rush hour. The Philippines is susceptible to pure disasters and is positioned on the seismically energetic Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a band of volcanoes and fault strains that arcs spherical the sting of the Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has ordered the fast dispatch of rescue and aid groups to the earthquake-affected province of Abra, his press secretary mentioned on Wednesday. Marcos will even fly to Abra, the epicentre of a robust 7.1 magnitude earthquake, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles advised a information convention.