Post an attack on Sri Lanka’s churches and hotels during Easter, as of now 11 people lost their lives in an earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted the north western area of Philippine. According to the information given by the US geological survey, the quake heavily damaged an airport and sending terrified locals fleeing swaying high-rises.
The toll could rise as crews fanned out across the region to assess damage in isolated hamlets that lost power and communications in one of the area’s strongest tremors in years.
Over 400 aftershocks have been registered since the initial quake, with some as strong as 3.4 magnitude, Philippine seismologists said.
Scores of rescuers in the town of Porac were wielding cranes and jackhammers to peel back the pancaked concrete structure of a four-storey market building where up to 30 people were unaccounted for.
“They (rescuers) still hear at least one person who is still alive,” Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda told journalists. “This person is buried under concrete slabs.”
The quake also damaged several centuries-old churches which were crowded with worshipers in recent days as the majority-Catholic Philippines marked the Easter holiday.