Five people were killed when at least two buildings collapsed as a strong earthquake rocked Central Luzon Monday afternoon, a local official said.
Three bodies have been pulled out of a collapsed building in the town of Porac in Pampanga province while an old woman and her grandchild were crushed to death in another building that collapsed in the town of Lubao, provincial governor Lilia Pineda told ABS-CBN television.
“The quake has caused a blackout,” Pineda added, hampering rescue efforts in the early evening as night closed in.
Porac Vice Mayor Dexter David said two childred aged 3 and 7 were among the fatalities.
David said 40 people were also trapped in a supermarket that collapsed after the earthquake struck around 5:11 p.m.
A rescue operation is underway to pull out the trapped people.
Phivolcs said the magnitude 6.1 earthquake’s epicenter was located in Castillejos, Zambales at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The quake also caused damage at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga, where part of the ceiling collapsed. A church was also partially damaged.
The earthquake lasting 30 seconds was felt in Metro Manila, where workers in high-rises and people in shopping malls left buildings and stayed outside for safety. with AFP