Published: Mon, April 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Philippine quake knocks over building, damages airport

Philippine quake knocks over building, damages airport

A strong natural disaster killed three people and trapped at several others Monday in a collapsed building that housed a supermarket in a northern Philippine province, where an global airport terminal was closed due to damage, officials said.

Numerous aftershocks have been reported in the wake of the quake.

A young girl and her grandmother were crushed to death when a wall fell in their house in Lubao town in Pampanga, a badly-hit province north of Manila, said provincial Governor Lilia Pineda.

An airport was seriously damaged and at least two buildings were destroyed.

Authorities believe some people remain trapped inside one four-storey building in the town of Porac.

Twenty people have so far been rescued and taken to hospital, she added. The country sees significant quake and volcanic activity as a result.

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"This was the second strongest quake I've felt in my entire life", she told AFP as she joined hundreds of others in the courtyard of an office building, waiting for the all clear.

Social media users on the northern island posted photos of the damage caused by the quake, including cracked walls and swinging light fixtures.

In Manila, video emerged of water cascading from a penthouse swimming pool to the streets below as the quake shook the city.

Classes at Manila's De La Salle University are being suspended on Tuesday while building inspections are conducted.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it's on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

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