Philippines earthquake: 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Luzon

The quake hit northern Luzon, the country’s most populous island, at 8:43 a.m. local time (8:43 p.m. ET), according to the US Geological Survey. The agency initially rated the quake at 7.1 and then downgraded it to 7.0.

According to the USGS, its epicenter was about 13 km (8 miles) southeast of the small town of Dolores at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

In a statement, the mayor of the city of La Paz in the province of Abra, Ching Bernos, said the earthquake “damaged many homes and institutions” and “was felt in various parts of the island of Luzon and activated preventive measures in many places.”

Her office is monitoring the situation and assessing the extent of the damage, she added, urging the public to remain vigilant “in light of the possibility of tremors.”

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The impact of the quake was felt in the capital, Manila, over 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) away, where workers and residents were evacuated from buildings and gathered outside.

Abra, the province where the earthquake hit, is a landlocked region known for deep valleys and mountainous terrain.

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