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Philippines Magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the capital city Manila

Earthquake in the Philippines: A strong earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck the northern Philippines on Wednesday morning. Tremors were felt throughout the capital, Manila.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties from the earthquake.

According to the USGS, the earthquake hit northern Luzon, the country’s most populous island, at 8:43 a.m. local time (8:43 p.m. ET). The agency initially labeled the earthquake a magnitude 7.1, then downgraded it to 7.0.

Its epicenter was about 13 kilometers (8 miles) southeast of the small town of Dolores in Abra province, with a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the USGS.

The impact of the earthquake was felt in the capital, Manila, more than 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) away, where workers and residents evacuated buildings and gathered in the streets.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said citizens should prepare for any aftershocks, but added that it had not issued any tsunami warning because it was detected inland.

Abra is an inland region known for its deep valleys and mountainous terrain.

Philippines Magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the capital city Manila

Philippines Magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the capital city Manila
Philippines Magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the capital city Manila

In a statement, Rep. Ching Bernos, congresswoman for Abra province, said the earthquake “caused damage to many homes and businesses” and “was also felt in different parts of Luzon, triggering precautionary measures in many places.”

Photos from Abra show buildings damaged by the earthquake and debris covering the ground. One building can be seen with cracks along the walls, while another lies tilted on its side.

Bernos said her office was monitoring the situation and assessing the extent of the damage, and urged residents to remain alert “in light of the possibility of aftershocks.”

A damaged building lies on its side after an earthquake in the Philippines’ Abra province on July 27.
Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. ordered the immediate dispatch of rescue and relief teams to Abra and will visit the affected areas as soon as “everything is clear”, his press secretary told a news conference on Wednesday.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the position of Ching Bernose. She is the congresswoman of the province of Abra.

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal on Monday, jolting many from their sleep and forcing them to run outside.

According to the National Center for Earthquake Monitoring and Research, the 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck at 6:07 a.m. with the epicenter at Helamb in Sindhupalchowk district, 100 east of Kathmandu.

The earthquake was felt in and around the Kathmandu Valley. However, no immediate damage was reported.

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