BREAKING: Philippines struck by 6.1-magnitude earthquake

Philippines was rocked by a massive earthquake Monday evening at 5.11 pm local time (9.11 am GMT) rattling buildings and killing at least three people including a child in a collapsed building that also houses a supermarket.

According to Mayor Condralito dela Cruz of Porac town in Pampanga province two survivors were pulled from the collapsed building. Few others are trapped inside while rescue team is struggling to save them.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck town of Bodega on Luzon island and it was felt in the capital city Manila too. More than 52 aftershocks were recorded.

Clark International Airport Corporation president Jaime Melo said seven people in the campus received minor injuries due to collapse of a part of the ceiling at the check-in lobby. The airport is closed for 24 hours.

Cebu Pacific Air announced flights cancellation scheduled for Monday evening and offered full refund to passengers or re-route via Manila.

However, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport serving Manila is learned to be continuing the services normally.

The quake was centered some 100 kilometers northwest of Manila in Castillejos town.

According to Mayor Condralito dela Cruz of Porac town in Pampanga province two survivors were pulled from the collapsed building. Few others are trapped inside while rescue team is struggling to save them.

Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world due to its location of Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

In 1990 about 2,000 people were killed in the northern part of Philippines in a 7.7-magnitude earthquake.

Paul Linus