Luzon quake lasted 10 seconds, skyscrapers swayed for a minute


Posted at Apr 23 2019 12:41 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2019 12:49 PM

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An earthquake that rattled Luzon lasted for 10 seconds, but skyscrapers in the metropolis swayed for about a minute, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Tuesday. 

High-rise buildings in Metro Manila are designed to sway and be flexible, noted Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum.

"Sa mga high-rise, kahit tumigil na iyung paggalaw ng lupa, iyung bulding ay gagalaw pa rin iyan nang matagal kasi mayroong vibration... Parang walis tingting iyan na itinulak mo, minsan ay maggegewang-gewang iyung taas hanggang tumigil s'ya," he told radio DZMM. 

At least 11 people were killed by Monday afternoon's magnitude 6.1 quake, which also flattened some buildings, grounded flights at a secondary airport in Pampanga province, and drove terrified locals into streets. 

DZMM, 23 April 2019