- A strong earthquake that struck the northern Philippines on Wednesday damaged many structures and forced many city dwellers to seek shelter inside.
- According to the USGS, the Earthquake had a magnitude of 7.0 and a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Typically, deeper earthquakes cause more damage.
On Wednesday, a powerful earthquake hit the northern Philippines, damaging buildings and forcing many city residents to flee inside.
According to Renato Solidum, the director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the 7-magnitude Earthquake was centered in the mountainous area of Abra province.
“The lights abruptly went out as the ground shook like I was on a swing. We hurriedly exited the office, and I overheard screams and saw some of my friends crying, “proclaimed Michael Brillantes, a safety officer in the nearby Abra town of Lagangilang.
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Brillantes told The Associated Press over the phone, “I believed the ground would open up because it was the most damaging quake I’ve ever felt.
According to Brillantes, at least one elderly villager received a cut on her foot and was treated at a clinic. He also mentioned that several homes and buildings had fractured walls, some of which fell.
Authorities were examining mountainside villages on the northern edge of the landlocked agricultural province of Abra to witness if there had been any damage or landslides.
After additional investigation, the Earthquake’s magnitude was reduced from its initial 7.3 magnitude. The institute stated the Earthquake was caused by movement in a minor local fault at a depth of 25 kilometers (15 miles), and it added that it anticipated damage and several aftershocks.
The USGS estimated the Earthquake’s strength to be 7.0 and its depth to be 10 kilometers (6 miles). Deeper earthquakes typically do greater harm.
The Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a ring of faults across the Pacific Ocean where the majority of earthquakes in the world occur, runs along the Philippines coast. In addition, it experiences roughly 20 typhoons as well as tropical storms year, making it one of the nation’s most vulnerable to natural disasters.
Nearly 2,000 people were killed in the northern Philippines in 1990 by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake.
Source: CTV News
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