A Severe 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes the Philippines, Killing at Least Four People

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On Wednesday, a violent 7.1 magnitude earthquake slammed the northern Philippine island of Luzon, killing four people, destroying structures, and causing significant vibrations in the capital, Manila.

According to Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos, two persons were slain in Benguet province, one in Abra province, and one in another area. According to him, sixty persons were hurt.

According to US Geological Survey data, the quake hit roughly 11 kilometers (six miles) southeast of Dolores at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

“Despite the heartbreaking news of earthquake devastation, we are ensuring a prompt response to those in need and impacted by this tragedy,” President Ferdinand Marcos Jr remarked on Facebook.

The tremor struck close to the political heartland of the Marcos family.

Strong aftershocks were forecast, according to Renato Solidum, head of the state seismology department.

“The concentration is on Abra and neighboring areas. This is a significant earthquake “stated Solidum.

According to Abalos, 173 houses were destroyed and 58 landslides were recorded in Abra province, with 44 of the 60 people wounded.

A hospital in Abra province was evacuated when the structure partly collapsed, although no injuries were recorded, according to authorities.

Joy Bernos, Abra’s vice governor, released photographs of the damaged Abra hospital on her Facebook page, showing a big hole in its front.

Other images showed hospital beds, including one with a patient, being moved across a road and hospital employees being evacuated.

Abra is a landlocked province in the northern Philippines that is home to almost 250,000 people. It is surrounded by steep mountains and has deep valleys and sloping slopes.

The Philippines is vulnerable to natural catastrophes and is situated on the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a belt of volcanoes and fault lines that arcs around the Pacific Ocean’s edge. Earthquakes are common, and there are 20 typhoons on average each year, some of which cause devastating landslides.

Eric Singson, a congressman from the northern province of Ilocos Sur, told DZMM radio station that the quake was felt intensely there and lasted 30 seconds or more.

“I feared my home was going to collapse,” Singson said. “Now we’re attempting to reach out to folks…. We are now outside our house due to earthquakes.”

The quake destroyed historic buildings in Vigan, a city on the west coast of Luzon noted for its ancient Spanish colonial architecture.

Edison Adducul, a tourist, told NPR that he was photographing the Bantay Church Bell Tower in Vigan when the earthquake occurred, rocking the tower for up to three minutes.

Senator Imee Marcos said that numerous churches had been destroyed.

“The Bantay Bell Tower’s old bricks and coral stones crashed down,” she said.

The tremor was felt in Manila as well, where many buildings were evacuated and some individuals were forced to leave from the 30th story of one structure, and the city’s metro rail systems were shut down during rush hour.

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