Philippines rocked by two strong quakes in two days

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 24 Apr 2019

A powerful second tremor hit the Philippines as rescuers raced to reach two dozen people still feared buried under a building near Manila that collapsed a day earlier in a deadly earthquake.

The US Geological Survey put the second quake, on the central island of Samar, at 6.4 magnitude, stronger than the one that wrought significant damage on Monday near the capital.

The latest quake sent terrified locals fleeing into the streets, with images on social media showing cracked roads, crumbling church walls and shattered glass.

Meanwhile, the toll in Monday's quake rose to 16, with most of the fatalities in the worst-hit northern province of Pampanga.

More than 100 others were injured by falling rubble on Monday, according to police.

However, initial reports indicated relatively minor destruction in Samar given the strength of the quake.

Scores of rescuers in Porac town yesterday used cranes and jackhammers to peel back the pancaked concrete structure of a four-storey market building where the Red Cross said 24 people were unaccounted for.

The quake also damaged several centuries-old churches.

Thousands of travellers were stranded after the Clark Airport was shutdown following heavy damage to the terminal building and some cracking on the air traffic control tower.

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