Collapsed buildings, cracks and rockfalls in streets: Several people died in a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in the north of the Philippines.
At least six people were killed in a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in the north of the Philippines. Dozens more were injured, the provincial governor of Pampanga said.
When a wall collapsed in the city of Lubao north of the capital Manila, a girl and his grandmother were killed. The collapse of a four-story building killed two more people, said Angie Blanco of the Provincial’s Civil Protection Department. On the ground floor there was a supermarket. The other two deaths were killed in collapses in their homes, Blanco said.
According to the information, at least 50 people were injured. According to Blanco, 30 injured people were recovered from the rubble in the 124,000-inhabitant city of Porac. They are treated in the hospital. In addition, 20 more people were injured in their homes.
Epicenter was in the city of Castillejos
The earthquake station Phivolcs in Quezon City said that the epicenter of the quake was in the city of Castillejos. Local media reported that some buildings had collapsed and people ran in panic on the street.
As a result, cracks and rockfalls were observed along a major road. A tsunami warning was not expected according to Phivolc’s director Renato Solidum. However, he called people to caution for possible aftershocks.
Reportedly, the quake was felt throughout the Greater Metro Manila region around the Philippine capital. People fled from offices and business buildings. The operation of the suspension railway in Greater Manila has been stopped for safety reasons, according to the technical director Michael Capati.
Castillejos is located by land about 140 kilometers from Manila. The Philippines are on the Pacific Ring of Fire. There, around 90 percent of all earthquakes occur worldwide. The last major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 had cost more than 220 lives in October 2013.
The Pacific Ring of Fire
The „Ring of Fire“ is a zone along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, which is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Here lies about half of all active volcanoes. The horseshoe-shaped belt stretches from the coasts of South and North America to the island chains in the Asia-Pacific region. It stretches along the Aleutians and the coasts of Japan and the Philippines over the eastern edge of Indonesia to New Zealand and the Antarctic.
On the „Ring of Fire“, earth plates slide among each other. The resulting vibrations can make the earth quake.