At least three dead and about 60 injured by an earthquake in the most populous island of the Philippines

An earthquake of magnitude 7.

27 July 2022 Wednesday 01:48
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At least three dead and about 60 injured by an earthquake in the most populous island of the Philippines

An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 has shaken hard on Wednesday the north of the island of Luzon, the most populous in the Philippines and where the capital is located. In its first official statement, from the Philippine Ministry of the Interior they have reported at least three fatalities and some 60 injured after numerous landslides, falls and collapses of several buildings, especially in the province of Abra.

The images of panic, with crowds fleeing from buildings, including hospitals, have been repeated not only in Abra, but have even reached the capital.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which records seismic activity around the world, has detailed that the hypocenter of the telluric movement has been located at a depth of ten kilometers. Specifically, the USGS has located the earthquake about 12 kilometers east of the town of Dolores, which has just over 32,000 inhabitants.

For its part, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised the earthquake to magnitude 7.3 and a depth of 25 kilometers, according to its preliminary report. Following the tremor, the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management has issued an "extreme emergency alert".

The shock, recorded at 8:43 local time -2:43 Spanish time-, has especially affected the mountainous area of ​​Abra, although it has also been felt in the capital, where it has surprised residents, who have had to evacuate some buildings due to caution, according to several videos posted on social media.

In Abra, the images published by the local media show houses and buildings of all kinds collapsed. "It was the strongest earthquake I've ever felt, I thought the ground would open," Michael Brillantes, a security guard at Lagangilang, in Abra, told the AP agency. "The ground shook as if it were on a swing and the lights suddenly went out. We ran out of the office, I heard screams and some of my colleagues were crying," he continued.

The new Philippine president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who took office less than a month ago, plans to travel to Abra to meet with victims and local officials.

The Philippines sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area that accumulates around 90% of the world's seismic and volcanic activity, and is shaken by some 7,000 tremors a year, most of them moderate.



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