Death toll rises to 8 as buildings collapse in magnitude 6.1 Luzon earthquake


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MANILA, Philippines – The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that rocked Metro Manila and several parts of Luzon resulted to damages of roads, buildings and properties and even claimed the lives of at least (8) people.
Death toll rises to 8 as buildings collapse in magnitude 6.1 Luzon earthquake

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the center of the earthquake was in Castillejos, Zambales.

Intensity 5 was felt in San Felipe, Zambales; Malolos and Obando, Bulacan; Quezon City; Lipa, Batangas; City of Manila; Abucay, Bataan; Valenzuela City; Magalang, Pampanga.

Intensity 4 was also felt in Pasig City; Makati City: Caloocan City; Meycauyan and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan; Floridablanca, Pampanga; Villasis, Pangasinan; Tagytay City;Baguio City; Marikina City; Las Pinas City.

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

At least 57 aftershocks have been recorded as of press time.

Phivolcs added that the earthquake was 'not a major earthquake, but a strong one'. They also calmed fears and denied that another “big” quake might occur next.

As of the moment, authorities are still looking into the extent of the damage. Netizens, however, were quick to share videos and photos of the earthquake in their area.

Here's a short video of the swaying building during the quake (courtesy of @francelleisms on Twitter):


The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said they are monitoring the reported power outages in the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Pampanga and Bataan.

In Pampanga, several reports of cracked bridges and roads and even fallen arc have been noted.

Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda said there were reports of downed electrical posts after the earthquake.

“Almost all concrete electric posts in the barangay in Lubao have fallen down," she said.

The arc between Lubao and Bataan province had collapsed.

Arc falls in Pampanga | Photo Courtesy: PIA Region III
Arc falls in Pampanga | Photo Courtesy: PIA Region III

Gov. Pineda also said that there are already 5 deaths confirmed in Pampanga. 2 from Lubao and 3 Porac were pronounced dead after a building fell. (UPDATE: Recent update from authorities said death toll rises to 8 while 20 were hurt).

Bricks fell from the tower of the St. Augustine Parish Church in Lubao, Pampanga.

Parts of St. Augustine Parish Church in Lubao, Pampanga were also damaged
Parts of St. Augustine Parish Church in Lubao, Pampanga were also damaged | Photo Courtesy: PIA Region III

Parts of St. Augustine Parish Church in Lubao, Pampanga were also damaged
Parts of St. Augustine Parish Church in Lubao, Pampanga were also damaged | Photo Courtesy: PIA Region III

Large concrete slabs in Lubao, Pampanga looked like they were peeled from the road.

Concrete slabs from roads in Lubao
Concrete slabs from roads in Lubao | Photo Courtesy: Kristopher Lasam

Concrete slabs from roads in Lubao
Concrete slabs from roads in Lubao | Photo Courtesy: Kristopher Lasam

Walls and halls caved in in parts of Clark International Airport due to the quake. All flights have been cancelled for at least 24 hours until damages have been properly assessed.

Clark International Airport damaged earthquake
Clark International Airport | Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ Lance Lauren

Clark International Airport damaged earthquake
Damages on Clark Airport Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Anton Eder

Clark International Airport damaged earthquake
Damages on Clark Airport Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Anton Eder

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