Manila – A 7-magnitude earthquake that rattled the main Luzon island in the Philippines on Wednesday killed at least four and injured some 60 others.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed the death of six people in Benguet province in the northern Philippines. Local authorities also reported that at least five people were injured in Benguet province.
Governor of Abra province Jocelyn Bernos said a 25-year-old male was also killed after he was pinned by a concrete slab in Bangued town. She told a local radio interview that at least 25 were slightly injured from the earthquake, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said a 7-magnitude earthquake rattled Abra province in the northern Philippines at 8:43 am local time.
The institute first reported the magnitude as 7.3 and the epicentre was Lagangilang town. An updated report changed the epicentre to Tayum town, adding the quake hit at a depth of 17 km.
The tremor was felt in many areas on the main Luzon Island, including Metro Manila, where high-rise buildings swayed and train transport suspended operation. It was also felt in many provinces, including Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite.
In the capital region, panicked employees in offices, including the presidential palace, ran out of the buildings.
Mayor of La Paz town in Abra province Joseph Bernos said the quake damaged many concrete houses, buildings and infrastructure in the province.