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The extent of damage after quake hits Pampanga

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2019 11:25 PM | Updated as of Apr 24 2019 11:43 AM

On Monday, April 22, a magnitude-6.1 earthquake hit parts of Luzon with the epicenter originating in Castillejos town, Zambales. However the hardest hit province was Pampanga, some 75 kilometers away. The reason, according to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology chief Renato Solidum Jr., is the soft sediment or lahar in the area.

Solidum said the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo played a major role in the softer soil and thus making the area prone to strong shaking. 

So far, 16 people have been reported killed in Pampanga with several injured, mostly from the collapsed four-storey building that housed the Chuzon supermarket.

Because of the extent of damage, the second district of Pampanga was placed under a state of calamity. This will expedite the release of calamity funds that will be used for rescue and relief efforts.

Here are some images of the damage caused by the earthquake.

Workers clean up the debris from the Pampanga-Bataan boundary arch on Tuesday to prevent injuries after it was damaged by a magnitude-6.1 quake that hit parts of Luzon the day before. Pampanga was the heaviest hit area because of its soft foundation, which is filled with lahar, according to Phivolcs Chief Renato Solidum. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The Santa Catalina de Alejandria parish church with its damaged belfry in Porac town, Pampanga on Tuesday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A woman checks the damage to Santa Catalina de Alejandria parish church on Tuesday, a day after a magnitude-6.1 earthquake hit parts of Luzon. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A man surveys the damage to his home after the earthquake in Porac. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Residents inspect their damaged homes in Barangay San Rafael, Guagua town, Pampanga on Tuesday, a day after a magnitude-6.1 earthquake tore through the province. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Visible road damage at the Mega Dike access road a day after an earthquake shook Pampanga and nearby areas. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Cracks on the ground tore through homes in Barangay San Rafael in Guagua town are seen on Tuesday a day after the earthquake struck. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A man from Barangay Pio in Porac seems to be in shock as he assesses the extent of the damage to his house a day after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the area. The quake that struck Luzon on Monday destroyed several concrete houses in Porac and affected 500 families. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A boy sits by a cracked road in Barangay San Rafael. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A woman gets help as she shows a huge crack that cut through her house in Barangay San Rafael, Guagua, on Tuesday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A girl inspect what's left of her house on Tuesday in Barangay Pio in Porac. The provincial government of Pampanga declared a state of calamity, as the magnitude-6.1 earthquake damaged structures. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Zenaide Canlas and her family stand amid the debris of her house on Tuesday, as she takes stock of the extent of the damage left by the earthquake. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A girl takes a moment to take in the extent of the damage to her house in Baranga Pio in Porac on Tuesday. The intensity-6.1 quake, which also affected Metro Manila and nearby provinces, destroyed several concrete houses in Porac and affected 500 families. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Rescue vehicles wait outside the Porac public market on Tuesday as rescue efforts continue a day after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake tore through the province of Pampanga. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News