At least 16 dead after 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake hit Philippines
Last updated on April 27th, 2019
Soon after an earthquake of 6.1 magnitude jolted the northern Philippines on Monday, the region was again hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday afternoon. The death toll has risen to 16 after the rescuers found more bodies in the rubble of the supermarket.
Reportedly, 81 people have been injured, while 24 are said to be missing in the rice-growing agricultural region, with many buried under the rubble of collapsed supermarket in Porac.
Due to its demographic location – situated on the fault lines in the Pacific Basin and Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a seismically active arc of volcanoes – Philippines experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions at regular intervals, and is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.
Renato U. Solidum Jr., an official at the Department of Science and Technology, claimed that even though there wasn’t much damage caused, but people might experience some aftershocks as a result of the quake.
Mayor Condralito dela Cruz of Porac town in Pampanga province, north of Manila, informed that four dead bodies were pulled out from the rubble of Chuzon Supermarket and three people died due to collapsed house walls.
The Red Cross volunteers, army troops, police and villagers are making a combined effort to save as many as possible by using all the available resources. In order to help the people buried, authorities have placed a large orange tube in the rubble with a supply of oxygen.
In a telephonic interview with a media outlet, Porac Councilor Maynard Lapid said, “We’re all very happy, many clapped their hands in relief because we’re still finding survivors after several hours.”
Clark airport was closed due to damaged check-in counters, ceilings and parts of departure area. More than 100 flights have been cancelled after two powerful earthquakes hit the southern and northern Philippines.
The speculations of tsunami caused unrest among the people post earthquakes. Col. Michael David, police chief of the coastal city of Tacloba, made a request to the people saying, “Please don’t panic. There is no tsunami alert. Right now, we have not noticed anything different from the sea. It is normal. We are assessing the damage. The city hall is safe and sound.”
This one of the powerful earthquakes in the country since 1990, where a 7.7 magnitude quake had hit northern Philippines, claiming the lives of around 2,000 people.
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