A 7-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines’ northern region early Wednesday morning, killing at least four people and injuring dozens more.
Small landslides and building damage were caused by the earthquake. According to Renato Solidum, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the quake was centered in the mountainous area of Abra province.
According to reports, at least 25 people were injured in Abra. Several structures, including some that collapsed in Abra, had cracked walls.
“The ground shook like I was on a swing, and then the lights went out. We dashed out of the office, and I heard screams and saw some of my colleagues in tears “According to Michael Brillantes, a safety officer in the Abra town of Lagangilang.
“It was the strongest earthquake I’d ever felt, and I thought the ground would open up,” he continued.
On Thursday, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who took office less than a month ago, plans to visit Abra to meet with victims and local officials.
The tremor had forced hospital patients and medical staff in Manila to flee. Engineers later instructed them to return inside after discovering only a few minor cracks in the structure’s walls.
The magnitude of the earthquake was initially estimated to be 7.3, but this was later reduced after additional analysis. It began as a result of movement in a 10-mile-deep local fault.
The Philippines is situated along an arc of faults around the Pacific Ocean, which is the epicenter of many of the world’s earthquakes. The region is also hit by about 20 typhoons and tropical storms each year, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.