Five people were killed and more than 150 injured in a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the lightly populated province abras officials said on Wednesday morning.
Powerful earthquakes that struck a mountainous region hundreds of kilometers away in the capital, demolished buildings, landslides and shook tall towers. manila,
“Aftershocks come about every 20 minutes from yesterday, 15 minutes later,” said Reggie TolentinoA restaurant owner in Banggood, the provincial capital of Abra.
“Many people slept outside last night, almost every family.”
Hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed, landslides blocked roads and power outages in the affected provinces.
But in Abra, which felt the full force of the quake, the total damage was “very little”, police chief Colonel Mali Kula told AFP.
“We don’t have a lot of people at evacuation sites, although many people are living on the streets,” Kula said.
“Abra is back to normal.”
The local seismological agency said more than 800 tremors have been recorded since the quake, including 24 that were strong enough to be felt.
In Vigan City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and tourist site in Ilocos Sur province, centuries-old structures built during the Spanish colonial period are damaged.
Governor Jeremias Singson told teleradio That affected 460 buildings in the province, including the split bell tower, which partially collapsed.
“Our tourism industry and small business owners were really affected,” Singson said.
The Philippines is regularly rocked by earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that extends from Japan to Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin.
Wednesday’s earthquake was one of the most powerful earthquakes recorded in the Philippines in recent years and was felt in areas of Luzon The most populous island in the archipelago.
In October 2013, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the island of Bohol in the central Philippines, killing more than 200 people and causing landslides.
Old churches in the birthplace of Catholicism in the Philippines were badly damaged. About 400,000 were displaced and thousands of homes were damaged.
The powerful earthquake changed the landscape of the island and a “ground break” pushed a portion of the Earth about three meters up, creating a wall of rock above the epicenter.
In 1990, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in the northern Philippines created a ground break that spanned more than one hundred kilometers.
More than 1,200 people were estimated to have died, with major damage to buildings in Manila.