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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.

Lilia 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 aftershocks.

- The Newyork Times

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