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A powerful 7.1 earthquake hits the Philippines, killing at least 4 people – SABC News

A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Luzon in the northern Philippines on Wednesday, killing four people and damaging buildings and causing strong tremors in the capital Manila.

Interior Minister Benjamin Abalos said at a press conference that two people had died in the state of Benguet, one more in Abra and one more in another state. 60 people were injured, he said.

According to data from the US Geological Survey, the quake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km, about 11 km southeast of the town of Dolores.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said on Facebook: “Despite the sad reports of damage caused by the earthquake, we are committed to a speedy response to those affected and in need by this disaster.”

The earthquake occurred near the political stronghold of the Marcos family.

Renato Solidum, director of the State Seismology Agency, said: DZRH Radio StationA strong aftershock was expected.

“The focus of attention is on Abrawa and the surrounding area. This is a big earthquake,” said Solidum.

Abalos said 173 buildings were damaged in the province of Abra, 58 landslides were reported, and 44 of 60 people were injured.

A hospital in Abra province was evacuated after a partially collapsed building was evacuated, but no injuries were reported.

Abra Vice President Joy Bernos posted a picture of the damaged Abra Hospital on her Facebook account, which had a hole in its exterior.

Another picture shows hospital beds, including beds with patients, driving cars across the road to evacuate hospital staff.

Aftershocks

Abra is an inland region in the northern Philippines with a population of approximately 250,000. Deep valleys and sloping hills are surrounded by craggy mountains.

The Philippines is located in the natural disaster-prone and seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a band of volcanoes and fault lines arcing along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Earthquakes are frequent, with an average of 20 typhoons per year, some causing catastrophic landslides.

Northern Ilocos Sur State Assemblyman Eric Singson said: DZMM The radio station said that the earthquake felt strong there and lasted more than 30 seconds.

“I thought the house was going to collapse,” Singson said. “Now we want to reach out to people. … There is an aftershock and I am outside the house.”

The heritage buildings were damaged by an earthquake in the city of Vigan, famous for its old Spanish colonial architecture on the west coast of Luzon.

Tourist Edison Adducul told radio that he was taking pictures of the bell tower of Banteay Church in Vigan when the earthquake struck, and that the tower shook for up to three minutes.

Senator Imee Marcos said several churches were affected.

“Antique bricks and coral stones fell from the Banteay Bell Tower,” she said.

In Manila, an earthquake was also sensed and several buildings were evacuated, some were forced to evacuate from the 30th floor of one building, and the city’s subway system was shut down during rush hour.

A powerful 7.1 earthquake hits the Philippines, killing at least 4 people – SABC News

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