Wearing protective helmets, employees evacuate their office building following an earthquake in Manila, Philippines, Apr. 22, 2019.
Wearing protective helmets, employees evacuate their office building following an earthquake in Manila, Philippines, Apr. 22, 2019.

A strong earthquake in the northern Philippines Monday left several people dead, trapping others in buildings and damaging the capital's secondary airport.

The quake hit the main island of Luzon with a magnitude of 6.3, centered some 60 kilometers away from the capital city of Manila, according to the U.S. Geological survey.

The Clark International Airport, a former U.S. military base which now functions as Manila's secondary airport, was closed Monday after the quake damaged check-in counters and ceilings.

Witnesses reported seeing skyscrapers in the capital city of Manila sway during the tremors. Some people in the town of Porac are believed to be trapped in a four-story building, from where three bodies have been recovered, according to the French press agency (AFP) .

The Philippines is part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" — an arc of volcanoes and fault lines which includes earthquake-prone Japan and stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

 

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