Eleven dead, countless trapped as quake hits Philippines

Eleven dead, countless trapped as quake hits Philippines

Kerry Wise
April 25, 2019

Search and rescue operations continue at the four-storey supermarket in Pampanga that collapsed and where as many as 30 people were feared trapped, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda told a local radio.

Rescuers used cranes, crowbars and sniffer dogs to look for people in the rubble, some of whom were yelling for help.

Shortly after 5pm on Monday, an quake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck the country's main island of Luzon, with its epicenter about 60 kilometers northwest of the capital, Manila.

There were cheers when they pulled a man alive from wreckage last night in the town of Porac, in Pamanga province.

The 6.1-magnitude quake damaged many houses, concrete roads, bridges, Roman Catholic churches and an global airport terminal at Clark Freeport, a former American air base, in Pampanga.

"We're all very happy, many clapped their hands in relief because we're still finding survivors after several hours", Porac Councilor Maynard Lapid said by phone from the scene, adding that another victim was expected to be pulled out alive soon. "This person is buried under concrete slabs".

According to the NDRRMC, 81 people have been injured and 14 others remain missing.

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RESCUERS search for survivors trapped among the ruins of a supermarket which was flattened by an natural disaster that killed 11 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey's preliminary estimate is that more than 49 million people were exposed to some shaking from the natural disaster, with more than 14 million people likely to feel moderate shaking or more.

Images and videos posted on social media showed thousands of people scurrying out of office buildings and malls.

The Bureau of the Treasury moved Tuesday's auction of 20 billion pesos ($385 million) worth of 20-year bonds to April 24.

The Philippines is part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through South-east Asia and across the Pacific basin.

Four bodies have been recovered from the store after a 6.1-magnitude quake hit the northern Philippines early yesterday.