INFOGRAPHIC: The damage left by the 6.1-magnitude Luzon earthquake
At 5:11 p.m. on Monday, a strong quake hit Zambales, causing the ground to shake in nearby provinces and Metro Manila.
On social media, netizens were quick to ask if others had felt the tremor. People living as far as Laguna said they had felt it. Soon, images and videos of swaying buildings and people evacuating buildings were uploaded online. Images of a toppled arc, a supermarket, and a church’s belfry went viral.
Initially, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that it was a 5.7-magnitude earthquake. It was updated later to a magnitude of 6.1.
Intensity VI was reportedly felt in San Marcelino and Subic, Zambales; Floridablanca, Lubao and Porac in Pampanga; in Angeles City and Olongapo City.
Intensity V was also felt in other parts of Zambales and certain towns in Pampanga, Bataan, Bulacan and Cavite, as well as certain areas of Metro Manila.
Intensity IV was also reportedly felt in areas of Bulacan, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Benguet, Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Antipolo City, Baguio City and parts of Metro Manila.
Intensity I to III was also felt in other areas of the mentioned provinces.
Among the most incredible videos that surfaced are of water pouring out of pools of high-rise buildings.
Soon, it was reported that there were fatalities in Pampanga. As of Tuesday morning, 15 were reported dead. Many were found under the rubble left by a flattened supermarket. Eighteen were still missing although many have also been pulled out alive.
Trains in Metro Manila suspended operations while some government institutions and schools cancelled work and classes the next day to assess the damage. And the building of Emilio Aguinaldo College was found leaning against its neighboring building.
Power outages were also felt in some areas because of the earthquake.