Strong 6.3-Magnitude Earthquake Hits The Philippines

Posted In: News Date:Apr 22nd, 2019

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Philippines main island of Luzon, causing several buildings to collapse with at least six people dead on Monday, according to The New Straits Times.

The quake struck 60 km (37 miles) northwest of the capital, Manila, at a depth of 40 km (25 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The governor of Pampanga province told a radio station several people were killed due to building collapses.

Local media also reported the Clark International Airport, a former U.S. military base, had suffered some damage and had been closed.

The earthquake struck as many were working in Manila's main business district, sending thousands of people into the streets as the tall buildings swayed during the seismic event.

Officials said at least two buildings collapsed near Manila after the earthquake, including three bodies which were found in a four-story building in the town of Porac and a woman and her grandchild who were killed by falling debris in the town of Lubao.