AT LEAST five people were killed after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Luzon, Philippines today.
Two buildings collapsed after the tremors rocked the central of Philippines today, killing at least five people in the province of Pampanga.
Three bodies were found under a fallen building in the town of Porac, while another woman and her grandchild were pulled out of another tower-like structure in Lubao, provincial governor Lilia Pineda told Philippines TV station.
Witnesses reported buildings swaying after the earthquake struck Luzon on Monday afternoon.
The earthquake hit the city at 09.11 UTC time, striking at a depth of 40km just 60km northwest from Manila, the USGS said.
Thousands of people lined up the streets after authorities ordered mass evacuations across the country.
Local residents reported feeling shakes across Manila, Ususan Taguig City and Pampanga.
One witness said: “I did hear some glass breaking outside our house and there were other people screaming and frightened.
“I did have some experiences on earthquake occurrences but this might be the first time that I was terrified of what might happen to us. It was quite long actually and that made it even worse.”
Another witness said:”Building swayed quite scarily. Almost lost my footing while walking. No breakage/tumble. Estimate two waves, second stronger. About 15-20 secs altogether.”
One wrote: “Inside the car in the 3rd level parking floor. The car was dancing on its suspension. Some shaking felt for about 2 minutes then subsided. Now building siren blaring.”
A witness, who felt the earthquake in Malolos said: “Lampshade shaking, cabinets creaking, lights hanging from the ceiling were swaying.”
The Clark International Airport, a former U.S. military base located within Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles and Mabalacat, had suffered severe damage from the earthquake forcing authorities to shut down parts of the building.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Jim Sydiongco said: “Clark control tower has sustained a broken glass panel. Accordingly, the tower is not being utilized at the moment while awaiting full damage assessment,” Sydiongco said.
“In the meantime, while the tower is not being used pending structural assessment, our air traffic controllers in the interim brought a radio and established temporary tower on ground near the runway to allow landing of incoming aircraft.”
The Philppines lies on the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a horse-shoe shaped band of volcanoes and fault lines circling the edges of the Pacific Ocean.
Electricity lines have now been restored to parts of the region that experienced power outages.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said in a statement: “Restoration of power transmission services in parts of Pampanga and Bataan is on-going. Aerial and foot patrol will commence as soon as the situation is safe.”
One building in the capital, Anchor Skysuites luxurious apartment complex, was shot on camera swaying extensively.