According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude struck the island of Samar in the south of the Philippines at 1:37pm local time on 23 April (Tuesday). While there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, aftershocks are expected. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake’s epicentre is located at San Julian in eastern Samar.
Damages along the provincial road in Casoroy, San Julian, Eastern Samar after an earthquake struck awhile ago. @gmanewsbreaking @ABSCBNNews @rapplerdotcom @cnnphilippines @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/lARFEExGgK
— Phres Evardone (@PhresEvardone) April 23, 2019
It’s far too close for comfort for the Southeast Asian country as a 6.1-magnitude earthquake had just struck near the town of Bodega on the Philippine island of Luzon on 22 April (Monday). Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda said at least eight people in the province were killed in the quake, CNN Philippines reported.
The earthquake could be felt in the capital of Manila as well as other parts of Luzon and about 52 aftershocks have been recorded. Clark International Airport Corporation president Jaime Melo said seven people suffered minor injuries when part of the ceiling at the check-in lobby of a passenger terminal collapsed, according to the Philippine News Agency.
The Philippines’ Department of Transportation has also announced that operations at the airport would be suspended for 24 hours due to the damage. Meanwhile, Operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which serves Manila, are continuing normally, the Department of Transportation said.
WATCH: Water falls from a high-rise building in Binondo, Manila after a strong quake hit Luzon yesterday https://t.co/YfG5IAK9XA
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— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) April 22, 2019
In Manila, a video emerged of water cascading from a penthouse swimming pool to the streets below as the quake shook the city. Skyscrapers swayed from the force of the quake, causing frightened office workers to flee the high-rise buildings in the capital.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is assessing the extent of damage on transmission lines in Luzon, which caused power outages in parts of the island, according to the Philippines News Agency.