Video Shows Buildings Shaking In Strong Philippines Earthquake
Two earthquakes have occurred in Philippines consecutively over the span of two days.
A second earthquake has struck the Philippines following a 6.1-magnitude quake which hit the country on Monday, 22 April, killing at least 15 people
Five people were crushed to death after a wall of a four-storey supermarket collapsed in Porac, a spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council told a local radio station, according to The New York Times.
Authorities revealed that more than a hundred were injured from collapsed buildings.
Today, 23 April, the US Geological Survey said that the new quake occurred on the central part of Samar at 6.3-magnitude, stronger than the one that hit near Manila yesterday.
Meanwhile, rescue teams are scrambling to save victims believed to be buried beneath the rubble
"Every minute, every second is critical in this rescue," Cris Palcisa, a volunteer sniffer dog handler told AFP, adding that the team has to rush as time is short for those buried.
However, the digging process has to be done with caution to rescue the victims.
Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda explained to journalists that rescuers could still hear at least one person trapped beneath the collapsed buildings, AFP reported.
Videos showed high rise buildings swaying, causing workers to evacuate immediately after the first earthquake occurred yesterday
One building in Manila, Anchor Skysuites luxurious apartment complex, was recorded on camera swaying so heavily that water gushed down from water tanks potentially located on its rooftop.
The apartment was reportedly one of the tallest buildings in the area.
More than 400 aftershocks have been recorded after both earthquakes occurred
The New York Times quoted Renato U. Solidum Jr., an official at the Department of Science and Technology, as saying that, "This earthquake is not a major earthquake, but it's a strong earthquake."
Authorities warned the public to expect more aftershocks following the latest quake, which struck at a depth of 70km.
Meanwhile, The Straits Times reported that several flights had to be cancelled, as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) closed the Clark International Airport runway until Wednesday, .
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