Philippines rocked by deadly 6.1-magnitude quake

Filipinos line the streets of Ortigas Center Metro Manila after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Luzon. Courtesy Angel Tamayo

Filipinos line the streets of Ortigas Center Metro Manila after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Luzon. Courtesy Angel Tamayo

Authorities find a still unidentified fatality buried beneath rubbles in the collapsed Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga as a result of a strong natural disaster on Monday (April 22, 2019).

"Our rescuers are telling us there are people in there shouting, begging to be rescued".

The US Geological Survey said the late Monday afternoon quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 and was centred near the northwestern town of Bodega.

She said 20 persons have so far been rescued from the collapsed supermarket and brought to the nearest hospital.

The quake also damaged an airport terminal at Clark freeport, a former U.S. Air Force base, and an old Roman Catholic church in Pampanga, and caused cracks in highways and bridges, Pineda and other officials said.

Thousands of travellers were stranded after aviation authorities shut down the secondary Clark Airport, which is located on the site of the former USA military installation that lies about an hour's drive north of the capital. Luzon is the main island of the Philippines.

Residents posted photos on social of media showing a collapsed ceiling and light fixtures swinging in the moments after the quake.

"We were anxious but we did not panic", she said. "People looked in shock, but no one was shouting or anything like that", she said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology traced the epicenter of the 6.1-magnitude temblor in Castillejos, Zambales.

Mark Genesis Samodio, 23, a maintenance worker at a Makati condominium in the capital, said the quake's impact was unusual, even for a city that has grown used to them. "My shih tzu (dog) dropped flat on the ground", she told AFP.

The Philippines is on the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire", a horse-shoe shaped band of volcanoes and fault lines circling the edges of the Pacific Ocean.

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