MANILA - Rescuers heaved a sigh of relief after they successfully pulled out a woman from the rubble of a collapsed supermarket in Porac, Pampanga on Tuesday.
In a footage released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, rescuers were heard either giving instructions, clapping, or thanking heavens after they extricated a woman who had been trapped for hours.
The woman was among the 8 survivors rescued as of 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Pampanga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).
At least 16 people were killed in the earthquake, and 4 bodies have been retrieved from the supermarket.
The earthquake was one of the strongest to strike close to the densely populated Philippine capital in years.
The tremor was centered on the town of Castillejos, Zambales, about 100 kilometers northwest of Manila, but the quake caused more damage in Pampanga because of its softer ground, Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum said.
On Tuesday, a stronger 6.5 magnitude quake struck Eastern Samar, less than 24 hours after the temblor hit Luzon.