Northern Philippines Earthquake
The National Disaster Reduction Committee of the Philippines said on the 23rd that the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that occurred in the northern Philippines on the 22nd has killed 16 people and injured 81 people.
Ricardo Gerard, chairman of the National Disaster Reduction Committee of the Philippines, said that the casualties were from the provinces of Pampanga and Zambales near the epicentre. The vast majority of the dead were caused by the collapse of houses caused by the earthquake. The city of Lack was the most affected, with 12 people killed in the earthquake.
The National Disaster Reduction Committee of the Philippines said that 14 people were missing in the earthquake and the local government is organizing forces for search and rescue.
Previously affected by the earthquake, power supply in some cities in the northern part of the Philippines was interrupted, and some railways were suspended. Clark International Airport, one of the Philippines' main aviation hubs in Pampanga Province, was suspended due to earthquake damage on the 23rd. At present, electricity is gradually being restored, and the lives of local residents are gradually returning to normal.
There have been strong earthquakes in the Philippines since this week. On the afternoon of the 22nd local time, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred in the northern part of the Philippines. On the afternoon of the 23rd, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred in the eastern Samar province of central Philippines.
The Philippine official said that the earthquake that occurred in the central part of the Philippines on the 23rd did not cause any major losses. So far, four people were slightly injured in the earthquake and a small number of houses were damaged.
The Philippines is located in the Pacific Rim volcanic seismic belt and has frequent earthquakes.