Death toll from 7-magnitude earthquake in northern Philippines rises to four


At least four people have died this Wednesday due to an earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale that has shaken several towns in the northern Philippines and has caused landslides and damage to several buildings.

The epicenter of the earthquake is located 335 kilometers north of Manila, while the hypocenter is located 10 kilometers deep, according to information from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), which has indicated that the tremor has been recorded over 8:43 a.m. Affected areas include Manila, the country’s capital, San Ramon and Lagangilang, both in the mountainous province of Abra on the island of Luzon.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., known as ‘Bongbong’, has ordered the deployment of rescue and aid teams from the Department of Social Welfare and Development to help with the search. In addition, he plans to travel to the area to assess the damage caused by the earthquake, according to information from the Rappler news portal.

The spokesman for the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC), Mark Timbal, has urged the population to “stay alert” after more than a dozen aftershocks have been registered, including several of magnitude greater than 4 on the Richter scale.

The Manila authorities have also reported that several subway lines have been temporarily suspended pending the corresponding inspections to guarantee safety.

The delegation of the European Union in the Philippines has transferred its “condolences” to the “population affected by the earthquake in Abra” in a Twitter message.

For her part, the United States ambassador to the country, Mary Kay L. Carlson, has indicated that “all her prayers are with those affected in Abra and nearby areas.” “The United States sends its condolences to all those who have lost loved ones,” she said.

The Philippines is located on the so-called Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, where about 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur. The last major earthquake to hit the country took place in 2013 and left more than 220 dead.


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has indicated this Wednesday that it is “prepared” to care for children affected by the earthquake in the Philippines and has indicated that its partners are evaluating the possible immediate needs of the affected communities.

“The first reports from the epicenter in Abra and nearby provinces confirm damage to homes, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure,” he said in a statement in which he recalled that in any emergency “children are among the most vulnerable”.

“Our hearts go out to the children affected and our priority is to ensure their lives are saved and protected. Children and families may have been displaced and injured as a result of the earthquake and may urgently need shelter, clean water, medical care, protection and psychosocial support,” UNICEF said.

For the UN agency, the earthquake is a “harsh reminder of the need to continuously improve emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction in the Philippines, a country prone to typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.” UNICEF advocates for child-focused disaster risk reduction and for placing children at the center of emergency preparedness and response efforts.

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