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6.1 quake leaves 8 dead in Pampanga

EIGHT people were killed when at least two buildings collapsed in Pampanga after a 6.1-magnitude quake struck Luzon, including Metro Manila on Monday, driving terrified people into the streets.

6.1 quake leaves 8 dead in Pampanga

QUAKE! A photo posted on Facebook shows water cascading down a building in Binondo, Manila during the quake (left).Right, the St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church in Porac, Pampanga was damaged.

Three bodies have been pulled out of a four-story building in the town of Porac, while a woman and her grandchild were crushed to death in the town of Lubao, Pampanga province Gov. Lilia Pineda said in a television interview.


“We believe there are still people trapped in the four-story building,” she said, adding 20 people have so far been rescued and taken to hospital.

“It’s difficult because there is no power, so we’re still trying to get hold of a generator to be able to rescue the people inside,” she added.

Vice Mayor Dexter David said two of the casualties were children, aged 3 and 1.


The quake’s epicenter was 18 kilometers northeast of Castillejos, Zambales. It was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 12 kilometers.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake was felt in Metro Manila and several areas in Luzon with Intensity 5 recorded in San Felipe, Zambales; Malolos and Obando, Bulacan; Quezon City; Lipa, Batangas; Manila City; Abucay, Bataan; Valenzuela City; Magalang, Pampanga.

Intensity 4 was recorded in Pasig City; Makati City; Caloocan City; Meycauayan and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; Floridablanca, Pampanga; Villasis, Pangasinan; Tagaytay City; Baguio City; Marikina City; Las Pinas City.

Intensity 3 was felt in Dasmariñas, Indang and Gen. Trias, Cavite; Lucban, Quezon; Muntinlupa City; Cabanatuan City; Palayan City; Gapan City; and Santo Domingo and Talavera, Nueva Ecija.

Meanwhile, Intensity 2 was recorded in Baler, Aurora.

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said the earthquake was strong, but was not a major one that could cause significant and major damage.

Solidum said aftershocks might last up to several days. As of 6:25 p.m. on Monday, Phivolcs recorded 27 aftershocks.

Local government officials in Central Luzon reported heavy damages in buildings and infrastructure, including megadikes in Pampanga and the welcome arch in the boundary of Pampanga and Bataan.

In Olongapo City, the quake damaged buildings, including the SM Mall.

A portion of the Clark International Airport was damaged, leading airline companies to cancel flights.

Meanwhile, operations of railways systems in Metro Manila were suspended while operators assessed the impact of the quake.

At 6:23 p.m., the Metro Rail Transit Line, and both lines one and two of Light Rail Transit halted operations to ensure passenger safety.

Classes were also suspended in some universities in Metro Manila following the earthquake. These were San Beda University, Lyceum University, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines-Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. No injuries or damages were reported.



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