New earthquake in the Philippines

While the number of dead rises after Monday’s earthquake in the Philippines, the country is hit by a new quake.

The new quake came Tuesday and according to the US earthquake center USGS had a strength of 6.3. This time it was the central part of the country that was hit.

An equally powerful quake hit further north Monday, where the number on dead Tuesday had risen to 15.

The province of Pampanga north of the capital Manila was hit hardest by the quake Monday, as various sources give a strength of between 6.1 and 6.3. A number of buildings collapsed, and on Tuesday, the rescuers worked hard to try to save survivors from the ruins.

At least six people lost their lives when a supermarket collapsed in the town of Porac, just over eight miles north of Manila. Three other people died when other buildings and structures collapsed in Porac. In another city, a 56-year-old woman and her 7-year-old grandson died when a wall raged over them. In San Marcelino, a six-year-old lost his life in a landslide triggered by the quake.

24 people are still missing after Monday’s quake, most of them in connection with the supermarket that collapsed. There is a battle against the clock in the hope of finding and digging as many survivors as possible.

Death rates may increase as the authorities get an overview of any damage in remote villages in the region.

The Porac Mayor says to Filipino radio that many of the buildings in the city have been cracked, and the authorities are now in the process of investigating how much damage the quake has caused to buildings, roads and other infrastructure.

(© NTB)

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