Philippines natural disaster: 6.3-magnitude tremor strikes in Samar

Map from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

Map from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

Rescue workers search for survivors in a collapsed Chuzon Super Market in Porac, Pampanga, after a powerful natural disaster hit northern Philippines on April 22, 2019.

Porac mayor Condralito Dela Cruz said the quake was the most intense the town had ever experienced.

QUAKE SCENES. A building in Porac, Pampanga lies in shambles, crushing the vehicles parked in front of it following the Magnitude 6.1 natural disaster on Monday afternoon.

Footage shows water pouring from the building's swimming pool at the top of Anchor Skysuites, a large apartment block in the city center following Monday's powerful quake.

Most deaths were confined to parts of Pampanga province, where the governor said investigations would be held to determine why only certain buildings were damaged while others were intact.

At the time of writing, there is still an unknown number of people trapped beneath a four-storey supermarket, which collapsed and took a ground-floor supermarket down with it.

To date, there have been no confirmed reports of casualties or extensive damage from Tuesday's quake, but classes and office work have been suspended in San Julian, where cracks in roads and buildings have been located.

The quake occurred at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday and was tectonic in origin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said, adding that damages and aftershocks were expected. The magnitude 6.1 quake damaged houses, roads, bridges, Roman Catholic churches and an global airport terminal at Clark Freeport, a former American air base, in Pampanga.

Rescuers carry away a victim who was trapped in the debris of a four-story commercial building, which collapsed following a 6.3 magnitude quake, on April 23, 2019 in Porac in Pampanga province, Philippines.

An airport was seriously damaged and at least two buildings were destroyed.

Dani Justo, a martial arts instructor, told AFP she was at her southern Manila home when the quake struck. "The clothes hanging on our line were really swaying".

The local seismology agency recorded the second quake to be a magnitude 6.5, while the US Geological Survey said it was 6.4. My shih tzu (dog) dropped flat on the ground, ' she added.

The Philippines is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through South East Asia and across the Pacific basin to the United States, Mexico and South America.

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