Earthquake hits Philippines: What happened, where, and what next

by | Jul 27, 2022 | World

At least four people were killed, while more than 200 aftershocks followed the quake that took place in the northern Philippine island of Luzon.A strong earthquake has struck the northern Philippines, killing at least four people, toppling buildings and causing panic among residents.
Here is what we know.
What happened?

At 8:43am (00:43 GMT), the mountainous and lightly populated province of Abra in the northern Philippine island of Luzon was hit by an earthquake.
The earthquake was measured at a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and 7.3 by the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), which later revised the magnitude down to 7.
The earthquake was one of the strongest to have hit the country in years.
It was also felt in the capital, Manila, where several buildings were evacuated, and the city’s metro rail systems were halted at rush hour.

Where did it happen?

According to USGS, the epicentre was about 11km (7 miles) southeast of the town of Dolores, in Abra province, at a shallow depth of 10km (6 miles).

How many casualties?

Two people were killed in Benguet province; one in Abra province; and one more in another province, Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos told a news conference. Sixty people were injured, he said.
The man killed in Abra was hit by falling cement slabs in his house. At least 25 others were injured in the province.
A construction worker was also hit by debris and died in the strawberry-growing mountain town of La Trinidad in Benguet province, where some roads were shut by landslides and bo …

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