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On Heels of One Quake, Philippines Hit by Another

First quake killed at least 16
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2019 12:17 AM CDT
Philippines Hit by 2nd Strong Quake in 2 Days
Another survivor is pulled from the rubble of a commercial building more than 15 hours after Monday's 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Porac township, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

(Newser) – A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a day after a magnitude 6.1 quake rattled the country's north and left at least 16 people dead, including in a collapsed supermarket, where rescuers scrambled to find survivors. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of Tuesday's quake at 6.4, while the local seismology agency said it was 6.5. The quake was centered near San Julian town in Eastern Samar province and prompted residents to run out of houses and office workers to dash to safety, the AP reports. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from the new quake. Philippine seismologists said the back-to-back quakes in the last two days were unrelated and caused by different local faults.

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Meanwhile, rescuers worked overnight to recover bodies in the rubble of a supermarket that crashed down in Monday's quake, which damaged other buildings and an airport in the northern Philippines. The bodies of five victims were pulled from Chuzon Supermarket and seven other villagers died due to collapsed house walls in hard-hit Porac town in Pampanga province, north of Manila, said Ricardo Jalad, who heads the government's disaster-response agency. Authorities inserted a large orange tube into the rubble to blow in oxygen in the hope of helping people still pinned there to breathe. On Tuesday morning, rescuers pulled out a man alive, sparking cheers and applause. Gizmodo has some pretty remarkable footage Monday's quake here.

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