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The Town of Pampanga Was Put Under State Of Calamity After Earthquake

MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Luzon yesterday afternoon putting the municipality of Porac under state of calamity.

April 22, 2019 (Monday) We recorded what could possibly be the largest earthquake for this year at 6.1 magnitude in Luzon. Last year’s largest earthquake was recorded at 7.2 magnitude in Davao Region.

Phivolcs also announced that the ‘big one’ could strike at any moment.

Massive Earthquake
Photo taken from ABS CBN News

Meanwhile, the local council of Pampanga discussed and agreed to declare the town under state of calamity. This is to allow the state to use its calamity fund to assist residents affected by the quake. This was confirmed by the Mayor of Porac Municipality Condralito Dela Cruz.

This is according to an article from ABS-CBN News. Based on the article,

The mayor also claimed that many of their buildings, roads, and bridges were left ruined by the earthquake. He even described the earthquake in his statement:

“Ito ‘yung pinakamalakas na lindol na nakita namin, parang umaalon ‘yung lupa. Hindi biro.”

“This is the strongest earthquake we ever witnessed, it’s like the land is forming waves. This is no joke.”

In a Twitter post made by Michael Joe Delizo of ABS CBN News, Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz states that Pampanga isn’t the only town that suffered badly after the earthquake. Saying there are also casualties in other areas:

The earthquake claimed the lives of 5 people after a 4-story building in Barangay Cangatba collapsed.

There are also other damages including: a commercial building located at a nearby street and the heritage Saint Catherine Parish Church.

The commercial building had its windows and walls damaged and there were two reported minor injuries. However, the bell tower of the heritage Saint Catherine Parish Church collapsed entirely.

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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