Filipino rescuers searched for dozens of feared people who were buried under a building near Manila that collapsed the day before in a powerful earthquake, as the death toll increased to eleven. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northwest of the capital On Monday, an airport was severely damaged and frightened locals escaped from fleeing high-rise buildings.
The worst damage was in Pampanga Province, where most of the eleven were killed, disaster officials said. Dozens of other people were injured by rubble, including in Manila.
The toll could increase as crews throughout the region explode to assess the damage in remote hamlets that have lost power and communications for years in one of the area's strongest shocks. [1
– EMSC (@LastQuake) April 22, 2019
Number of rescue workers in the city Porac With cranes and jackhammers the pancaked concrete structure of a four-storey market building was withdrawn, in which up to 30 persons were not reported.
The earthquake also destroyed several centuries-old churches occupied by worshipers in the last days when the Philippines marked the Easter holidays.
Father Roland Moraleja, who lives in Porac, said the bell tower of Saint Catherine of Alexandria's 18th-century church collapsed in the quake.
"It was the only part left over from the old church," he told AFP. "The historic value has disappeared, but we hope it will rise again."
Thousands of travelers were stranded after the aviation authority closed down the secondary Clark Airport, which is located on the site of the former US military facility, about an hour's drive north of the capital.
Tuesday it was still closed when the officials estimated the serious damage to the terminal building and some cracks in the air traffic control tower.
|Rescue workers search rubble in Porac, Pampanga. The mighty earthquake made skyscrapers sway and start frightened locals on the street. [Noel Celis/AFP]|
Dani Justo, a martial arts teacher, told AFP that she had been in her southern house in Manila when the quake set in.
"The clothes that hung on our leash were really swaying, my Shih Tzu (dog) fell flat on the floor," she added.
The Philippines is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where about 90 percent of earthquakes hit the world.
The last major earthquake that hit the country was a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that killed more than 220 people in the central Philippines in October 2013.
In July 1990, the northern island of Luzon In a quake of magnitude 7.8, more than 2,400 people were killed, one of the strongest shocks that had ever hit the country.