Earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale leaves at least 5 dead and 130 injured in northern Philippines

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines, causing more than 50 landslides and killing at least five people.

The earthquake struck northern Luzon, the most populous island in the Philippines, at a depth of 10 kilometers on Wednesday morning, killing and injuring at least five. 130 peoplethe authorities said.

The quake struck in the province of Abra, a region known for its mountainous terrain and deep valleys. The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center said the impact caused about $687 million in infrastructure damage and affected more than 21,000 people.

“The ground shook like I was sitting on a swing and the lights suddenly went out. We ran out of the office and I heard screams and some of my companions were in tears,” said Michael Brillantes, a security officer in Abra, the Associated Press. “It was the most powerful earthquake I’ve felt and I thought the ground would open up.”

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58 landslides had been reported, damaging hundreds of homes and several schools and hospitals. Centuries-old historic sites, including Vigan Cathedral and the Bantay Bell Tower (seen in the video below), also collapsed among terrified residents and visitors.

a villager reportedly deceased after he was hit by falling cement slabs at his home in Abra. Another man in Benguet province was crushed to death after a small building collapsed.

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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who visited Abra on Thursday, said power has been restored in most parts of the region, but access to water for residents remains an issue.

“I urge everyone to remain vigilant and prioritize safety in light of the possibilities of aftershocks that may be felt after that strong earthquake,” Abra Representative Ching Bernos wrote in a statement. pronunciation. “We are monitoring the situation on the ground and collecting information about the extent of damage to the province. My office is also actively coordinating with the appropriate authorities what can be done to help families and communities hit hard by this earthquake.”

The Philippines is considered to be one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries as it is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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Featured image via Edison M. Adducul / Philippine Information Agency

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