The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded a magnitude of 7.0 earthquake centered around Tayum, Abra at 8:43 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
The quake’s epicenter was northwest region of Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Philippines. Comparatively few people live in the mountainous region of the quake.
“This is a major quake,” and it was felt with “relatively moderate intensity” hundreds of miles south in Manila, the capital. said Renato U. Solidum, the head of the seismology institute.
The ground shook like in a swing and people were evacuated from several buildings and trains came to a halt in Manila.
In the Abra province close to the epicenter, several buildings were damaged, of which some collapsed and caused severe landslides in the hilly region. Several roads are also damaged.
So far four deaths are reported and at least scores of people were injured.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ordered the dispatch of rescue and relief teams and plans to visit on Thursday.
The quake damaged heritage colonial buildings in the city of Vigan, including Bell tower and façade of Bantay Church.
The Philippines is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a zone of intense seismic activity stretching from Japan through Southeast Asia. There were earthquakes of intensity in 2012, 2013 and 2019.
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