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Strong quake in Philippines injures dozens

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring nearly 26 others.

The earthquake, which occurred at approximately 10:59 p.m. on Tuesday (14:59 GMT) near the town of Dolores, was experienced as far away as Manila, the capital of the Philippines which is more than 330 kilometres (205 miles) to the south.

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As per the Al Jazeera report, according to police and civil aviation officials, at least 26 individuals were wounded in Ilocos Norte, whereas the international airport in the capital city of Laoag was instructed to close momentarily on Wednesday due to earthquake destruction.

President of the Philippines, Bongbong Marcos through his Twitter warned people of aftershocks and advised them to stay out of tall structures.

“As aftershocks continue, we remain in coordination with DPWH for the inspection of roads and buildings, DSWD for relief, DOE for outages, and DILG for monitoring. Everyone is advised to keep out of tall structures.”

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The earthquake caused power outages in at least two areas of Cagayan province due to faulty transmission lines. Several bridges and roads in neighbouring provinces were also damaged.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported that it was the most severe quake they had ever seen.

A resident of Aparri municipality, which is more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the epicentre stated “It was the longest earthquake I’d ever felt.” Thank God, we’re all right. “Everyone, please stay safe,” the post said.



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