Strong Earthquake Strikes Philippines, Killing 11 People - 2019-04-22
MANILA — A powerful earthquake shook the northern Philippines on Monday,
leaving at least 11 people dead in collapsed buildings, municipal and
disaster relief officials said. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology
and Seismology said the quake had registered a magnitude of 6.1 and had
been centered near the town of Castillejos in Zambales Province, west of
Manila. It struck shortly after 5 p.m., as government offices and
private businesses were closing for the day.
He said an older
woman and her granddaughter who had been injured at the supermarket had
been taken to a hospital and were in good condition.
Pineda, the governor of the northern province of Pampanga, said that she
had received reports that the quake had killed eight people there and
had knocked out power. “Almost all concrete electric posts in the
villages of Lubao town have fallen down,” she said.
The quake was
felt in varying intensities in Manila, where news outlets reported
panicked workers fleeing tall office buildings. It was also intense in
Malolos and Obando, north of the capital; in Lipa, a city south of
Manila; and in the town of Magalang in Pampanga Province. At least 25
urban centers and provinces recorded tremors. Renato U. Solidum Jr., an
official at the Department of Science and Technology, said that although
the quake had not caused extensive damage, it could produce many
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