A powerful earthquake hit the Philippines in Southeast Asia. Its magnitude was 7.2 on the Richter scale. However, no casualty has been reported in this incident so far.
The quake hit the northern Luzon island at 8:43 a.m. local time on Wednesday (July 26).
According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the epicenter was 10 km below the surface. At that time the intensity was 7. 2 dimensions.
However, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGC), the magnitude of the earthquake on the Richter scale was 7. 1.
Eric Singson, a congressman from the northern Philippine province of Ilocos Sur, told DZMM radio station that the earthquake was felt strongly in his area.
Renato Solidum DZMM, director of the Philippines’ state seismology agency, said the quake is likely to cause widespread damage in Abra province.
Meanwhile, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ordered rescue operations to begin immediately after the earthquake. At the same time, he himself announced to visit the affected areas.
Photos shared by local officials and residents on social media showed some buildings reduced to rubble. Many buildings are leaning on each other.
Due to the intensity of the earthquake, the windows of many houses were seen falling. Many roads have also been damaged due to the earthquake.🔱