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5 dead, 64 hurt as quake hits Philippines

7.1 quake sends tremors through manila
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VIGAN: A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the northern Philippine island of Luzon on Wednesday killing at least five people, damaging buildings and sending strong tremors through the capital, Manila.


At least 64 people were injured and 173 buildings damaged, officials said, many in Abra province, just 11 km from the epicentre of the quake. Over 200 aftershocks have been recorded in the area, according to the state seismology agency, and 58 landslides were also reported in the aftermath.


“Despite the sad reports about the damages caused by the earthquake, we are assuring quick response to those in need and affected by this calamity,” President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said on Facebook.


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