Powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Philippines, highly felt in Manila By Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) -An effective 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippine island of Luzon on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey stated, terribly harming a health center and structures in a northern province and sending out strong tremblings through the capital, Manila.

A health center in Abra province was left after the structure partly collapsed following the quake, however there were no casualties reported, stated authorities.

“We are still experiencing aftershocks. We have received reports of damages to houses. But so far no casualties,” stated Mayor Rovelyn Villamor in the town of Lagangilang in Abra province.

“We don’t have power supply because that’s automatically cut off due to danger,” Villamor informed DZRH radio.

The public info workplace of Abra province published pictures on its Facebook (NASDAQ:) page revealing structures terribly harmed, with walls with substantial fractures falling apart.

USGS stated the earthquake’s epicentre had to do with 11 km (6 miles) east-southeast of the town of Dolores and happened at a shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles).

“The focus of attention is on Abra and nearby provinces. This is a major earthquake. We expect strong aftershocks,” Renato Solidum, director of the state seismology company, informed DZMM radio station.

Eric Singson, a congressman in the northern Ilocos Sur province, informed DZMM radio station the quake had actually been felt highly.

“The earthquake lasted 30 seconds or more. I thought my house would fall,” stated Singson.

“Now, we are trying to reach people …. Right now there are aftershocks so we are outside our home.”

The quake was likewise felt in Manila and the city’s city rail systems was stopped at heavy traffic after the quake, the transportation ministry stated.

The senate structure in the capital was likewise left, media reported.


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