A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit the Philippines Monday at 09.11 UTC time sparking evacuations across the city and further afield.
Local residents reported feeling shakes across Manila, Ususan Taguig City and Pampanga. The quake was centred on the town of Castillejos, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of Manila. At least two buildings, according to a local official in the town of Porac, collapsed. Five people are believed to have died.
One is the tallest in the Chinatown district of Manila and one of the tallest in the Philippines, standing at 181 m. It has 53 floors and the top floor is believed to have a penthouse with a pool. The Clark International Airport, a former U.S. military base located within Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles and Mabalacat, had suffered severe damage from the earthquake. Parts of the region experienced power outages. Lilia Pineda, governor of Pampanga province said: 'We believe there are still people trapped in the four-storey building,' Pineda said, adding 20 people have so far been rescued and taken to hospital as night fell. Thousands of office workers dashed out of buildings in Manila. The quake was not strong enough to trigger a tsunami. Earthquakes are triggered when these plates scrape or slide underneath one another. The region is susceptible to disasters because it is home to a vast number of 'subduction zones', areas where tectonic plates overlap.