Deadly earthquake hits southern Philippines, killing 6 causes wide spread damage

February 11, 2017 | By | Reply More

Power full 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Philippines during the night, several people killed after it hit an impoverished part of the country’s south. Damaged and collapsing infrastructure has hindered emergency response measures.

earthquakeThe earthquake struck when the night fall after10:00 p.m. (1400 GMT) Friday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The magnitude 6.7 quake caused damage to several buildings, roads and government facilities as well as to the power supply in the province of Surigao del Norte, 730 kilometers (450 miles) south of the capital, Manila.

The quake killed at least six people but the death toll may rise, About 126 injuries were reported. Hundreds were seen fleeing their homes, and schools were being turned into makeshift evacuation centers.

Nearly 100 aftershocks were reported, according to official figures.

“Chaos and emergency like situation in the city many of those affected are in shock,” provincial Governor Sol Matugas spoke to the media in an interview with a Manila radio station. “Many areas do not have electricity, and the airport has been closed.”

Earthquake’s epicenter was 14 kilometers northwest of the city and provincial capital of Surigao. With a relatively shallow depth of 11 kilometers, the quake reportedly was the strongest to hit the area in well over a century.

Rescue efforts paralyzed suffered setbacks due to significant infrastructure damage from the tremor. Many roads cracked and were impassable, while reports indicated that at least two bridges in the province had collapsed.

Airport in the city temporary closed down due to cracks in the runway, aviation officials said.

The Philippines is located within the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where roughly 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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