Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Magnitude 6.1 quake rocks Luzon

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 5:11 p.m., was located at 18 kilometers northeast of Castillejos, Zambales, according to Science Undersecretary and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum Jr.

The quake sent people spilling into the streets from swaying high-rise buildings in Metro Manila. Damage to Clark International Airport in Pampanga prompted a 24-hour closure of the facility.

Rescuers rushed to find survivors as some 100 shoppers were feared buried in a supermarket in Pampanga that collapsed after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Metro Manila and parts of Luzon late yesterday afternoon.

Blackout hit wide areas of Pampanga amid reports of damage to facilities of local electric cooperatives.

A concrete boundary arc across the MacArthur highway between Pampanga and Bataan also collapsed, rendering the highway impassable to all vehicles for at least an hour until the debris was cleared.

A major earthquake has a magnitude of 7 and above.

The tremor was felt at intensity 5 – classified as strong – in San Felipe, Zambales; Abucay, Bataan; Magalang, Pampanga; Malolos and Obando, Bulacan; Quezon City; Manila; Valenzuela City; and Lipa City, Batangas.

The shaking was also felt at intensity 4 – moderately strong – in Caloocan City; Las Piñas City; Makati City; Marikina City; Pasig City; Meycauayan and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; Floridablanca, Pampanga; Villasis, Pangasinan; Tagaytay City and Baguio City.

Residents of Muntinlupa City; Dasmariñas, Indang and General Trias, Cavite; Lucban, Quezon; and Cabanatuan City, Palayan City, Gapan City, Santo Domingo and Talavera, Nueva Ecija also felt the tremor at intensity 3, which is classified as weak.

It was slightly felt at intensity 2 in Baler, Aurora.

Phivolcs’ instruments also recorded the quake at intensity 5 in Angeles City, Pampanga and Malolos, Bulacan; intensity 4 in Quezon City; San Juan City; Pasig City; Muntinlupa City; Gapan City and Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Tagaytay City; and San Ildefonso, Bulacan; intensity 3 in Mauban, Quezon; Talisay, Batangas; Guagua, Pampanga; and Olongapo City; Intensity 2 in Lucena City; Dolores and Lucban, Quezon; Dagupan City; and Daet, Camarines Norte; and intensity 1 in Guinayangan, Quezon; Calatagan, Batangas; Magalang, Pampanga and Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director general Jim Sydiongco reported last night that the Clark control tower sustained a broken glass panel, resulting in the tower not being utilized while it awaited full damage assessment.

There were also reports that the Clark passenger terminal building incurred damage, according to Sydiongco.

No damage, however, was sustained by the airport’s runway.

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