This Tuesday the northwest of the island of Luzon, in the north of the Philippines, reported the authorities, that at least 4 people have lost their lives and numerous historic buildings have been damaged after the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that shook while they have been injured at least 16 other people.
The Philippine Minister of the Interior, Benhur Abalos, reported at a press conference, granted alongside the country’s president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., of the death of two people in the province of Benguet, one in Abra and another citizen in La Montaña.
Some 15 towns were affected and severely damaged at least 179 buildings, 29 roads and three bridges. The earthquake, which was raised from the initial magnitude of 7.1 to 7.3 and at a depth of 17 kilometers by the Philippine authorities.
Abalos pointed out at the press conference, which took place at the Malacañan presidential palace in Manila, “Because of the magnitude of the earthquake, we are talking about a great earthquake and we could expect significant damage.”
Police reported that the first reported death was that of a 25-year-old construction worker in La Trinidad, the capital of Benguet province, who died when the 3-story building where he worked collapsed. Another 7 workers were unharmed, he reported.
The police major told the news agency that in Dolores, he felt the full force of the earthquake, terrified people ran out of their buildings and the windows of a local supermarket were broken, “The earthquake was very strong,” he said. who added that small cracks were made in the headquarters of the police station.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor of the province of Abra, pointed out that at the moment there are no fatalities in his region, where several houses and buildings have been destroyed by the earthquake.
The earthquake was located at a depth of 10 kilometers and about 12 kilometers east of the town of Dolores, with about 32,500 inhabitants. Which was reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which records seismic activity around the world.
It was felt in the capital, where it surprised residents who had to evacuate some buildings as a precaution. The shake, recorded at 8:43 local time (00:43 GMT).
In the city of Vigan, located about 400 kilometers north of Manila and about 45 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake, the cathedral, which dates from the 16th century, from the Spanish colonial era, has suffered “significant damage” to its facade, confirmed to The USA Herald your local emergency service.
Other historic buildings and architectural ensembles suffered significant damage after the strong tremor and subsequent aftershocks.
Videos were published on social networks in the r, showing the fall of stones and rubble from the Bantay watchtower, in the province of Ilocos Sur, built by the Spanish in 1590 to watch for pirates and invaders.
Senator Imee Marcos indicated in a message to the local media that the Laoag Bell Tower, built by the Augustinians in 1612 in this city in the province of Ilocos Norte, has been destroyed by the earthquake.
In the capital Manila, more than 300 km from the epicenter, residents reported shaking buildings, The USA Herald reports.
In turn, Congressman Ching Bernos, from the Lone district of Abra, indicated that the earthquake “damaged many houses and establishments,” although he did not give details.
Due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the Philippines is often hit by earthquakes, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim.