Northern Philippines hit by magnitude 6.1 earthquake

At least 11 people have been declared dead and more than 100 injured after earthquake hits 60km northwest of Manila.


The Philippine rescuers are scrambling to reach dozens of people feared buried under a building near Manila that collapsed a day earlier in a powerful earthquake, as the death toll climbed to 11.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northwest of the capital on Monday, heavily damaging an airport and sending terrified residents fleeing swaying high-rises.

The worst of the damage was in the province of Pampanga, where most of the 11 fatalities occurred, disaster officials said. Dozens of people were injured by falling rubble, including in Manila.

The toll could rise as crews fan out across the region to assess damage in isolated hamlets that lost power and communications in one of the area’s strongest tremors in years.

Over 400 aftershocks have been registered since the initial quake, Philippine seismologists said.

The Philippines is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where about 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes strikes.
The last major earthquake to hit the country was a
magnitude 7.1 tremors that killed more than 220 people in the central Philippines in October 2013.
In July 1990, more than 2,400 people were killed on the northern island of Luzon in a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, one of the strongest tremors ever to hit the country.

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