1 magnitude quake hits near Philippines capital

Filipinos line the streets of Ortigas Center Metro Manila after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Luzon. Courtesy Angel Tamayo

Filipinos line the streets of Ortigas Center Metro Manila after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Luzon. Courtesy Angel Tamayo

Several fatalities have been reported by local media, including reports that two people were killed in a collapsed building in Pampanga province, north of Manila.

"It's hard because there is no power, so we're still trying to get hold of a generator to be able to rescue the people inside", the governor added.

The global airport in nearby Clark City was damaged, with part of its ceiling crashing to the floor.

Authorities find a still unidentified fatality buried beneath rubbles in the collapsed Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga as a result of a strong quake on Monday (April 22, 2019).

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A strong quake killed three people and trapped at several others Monday in a collapsed building that housed a supermarket in a northern Philippine province, where an worldwide airport terminal was closed due to damage, officials said.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is assessing the extent of damage on transmission lines in Luzon, which caused power outages in parts of the island, according to the Philippines News Agency.

The belfry of a 17th-century Catholic church in Lubao, one of the region's oldest, also suffered damage, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Pena told reporters.

The quake, centred about 60 km northwest of the captial city of Manila, measured Magnitude 6.1 and prompted thousands of area residents to abandon swaying buildings just after 5 p.m., local time, Monday afternoon.

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Workers in Manila, the Philippine capital, wore helmets as they evacuated office buildings.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) placed the preliminary magnitude of the quake at 6.3.

"We were anxious but we did not panic", she said.

Dani Justo, a martial arts instructor, told AFP she was at her southern Manila home when the quake struck.

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