Philippines earthquake: 7.1 magnitude quake hits Abra province, tremor felt in Manila

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the Philippines on Wednesday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake hit northern Luzon, the country’s most populous island, at 8:43 a.m. local time (8:43 p.m. ET), according to the US Geological Survey. The agency initially rated the quake at 7.1 and then downgraded it to 7.0.

Its epicenter was about 13 kilometers (8 miles) southeast of the small town of Dolores, Abra Province, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the USGS.

Interior Minister Benjamin Abalos Jr. told a government press conference that two deaths each had been reported in Abra and Benga.

He also said that 58 landslides were recorded and 218 cities in 15 provinces were affected by the earthquake. Three bridges were destroyed in Abra.

The impact of the quake was felt in the capital, Manila, over 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) away, where workers and residents were evacuated from buildings and gathered outside.

The quake also triggered landslides, with photographs showing large boulders and rocks falling onto a road in the city of Bauko, south of the epicenter. Other photos show people working to clear the rubble.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said citizens should prepare for any tremors, but added that it did not issue any tsunami warnings as it was detected inland.

Abra is a landlocked region known for deep valleys and mountainous terrain.

Rep. Ching Burnos, Congressman from Abra Province, said in a statement that the quake “caused damage to many homes and institutions” and “was felt in various parts of the island of Luzon and activated preventive measures in many places.”

Photos from Abra show buildings damaged by the quake and debris covering the ground. One building is seen with cracks along the walls, while another lies on its side.

A damaged building lies on its side after an earthquake in the Philippines' Abra Province July 27.

Bernos said her office is monitoring the situation and assessing the extent of damage, and urged residents to be on the lookout “in light of the possibility of aftershocks.”

Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has ordered rescue teams to be sent to Abra immediately and will visit the affected areas as soon as he is “given a clear message,” his spokesman told a press conference on Wednesday.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misrepresented Ching Bernos’ position. She is a congresswoman from the province of Abra. An earlier version of this story also incorrectly stated when the earthquake occurred. It was Wednesday in the Philippines.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *