Photo shows Chuzon grocery store in Porac town that collapsed due to the earthquake that occurred on afternoon of April 22, 2019.
Philippine Information Agency, Dela Cruz
At least three dead due to quake, Pampanga governor says
( - April 22, 2019 - 8:01pm

MANILA, Philippines — The earthquake that jolted Luzon Monday afternoon claimed at least three lives, Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda said.

The STAR reported that at least three persons were crushed in San Fernando, Pampanga when a wall collapsed on them during the earthquake.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported that a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Castillejos Zambales at around 5:11 p.m., Monday. The quake was tectonic in origin.

The quake was felt at Intensity V in Magalang, Pampanga.

READ: Magnitude 6.1 quake jolts Luzon, rocks Metro Manila

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, for its part, said that it has received reports of five casualties in Central Luzon.

“Sa Porac, bumagsak ang hanggang fourth floor na building, may mga na-trap sa loob. Nire-resecue pa rin hanggang ngayon,” Pineda said in a separate interview with ANC.

(In Porac, Pampanga, the fourth floor of a building collapsed and there were people trapped inside. Rescue ongoing.)

Pineda said that 20 people have already been rescued and brought to the hospital but rescue operations continue as there remain more people trapped inside the building.

The Pampanga governor also said that there are difficulties as the power was cut and concrete posts have collapsed.”

Pineda said that the bell tower of San Agustin Church and another old church in Porac were also damaged due to the earthquake. — Kristine Joy Patag with report from The STAR/Ding Cervantes

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