MANILA—The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended work in all courts in Metro Manila and Central Luzon following a powerful earthquake that set skyscrapers swaying and drove terrified citizens into the streets.
The work suspension will give way to the inspection of the safety and structural integrity of court houses, the High Court's Public Information office said.
Executive judges in other affected areas were given discretion to suspend work, it added.
At least 11 people were killed and dozens were hurt after a 6.1-magnitude struck Castillejos town, Zambales on Monday afternoon, the local disaster office said.
Rescuers in one area were using heavy equipment and their bare hands to hunt for survivors in the rubble left by the strongest quake to strike close to the densely populated Philippine capital in years.
Three bodies were pulled out of a shopping mall in the town of Porac, while a woman and her grandchild were crushed to death in the town of Lubao, said Lilia Pineda, governor of Pampanga province northwest of Manila.
The quake that rumbled across the northern Philippines also caused skyscrapers to sway, as they are designed to do, in the capital.
Thousands of travelers were stranded after aviation authorities shut down the secondary Clark Airport, which is located on the site of the former US military installation that lies about an hour's drive north of the capital. — With a report from Agence France-Presse