The collapsed building in Kananga. Picture by Queene Joy Reforzado

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines right now (Thursday, July 6), killing a minimum of one individual inside a collapsed building.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) stated aftershocks have been anticipated however dominated out any tsunami following the quake that rocked the cities of Jaro and Kananga in Leyte province.

The death occurred in Kananga, the place a three-storey industrial building collapsed because the quake struck the island of Leyte, city mayor Rowena Codilla advised DZBB Radio.

Rescue efforts ave been hampered by aftershocks and lack of correct tools. It just isn’t but identified what number of extra individuals stay trapped contained in the building.

The quake at four.03pm was recorded at a depth of about 4 miles, the US Geological Survey stated.

President Duterte has stated that any pure catastrophe was an “act of God” as he assured quake victims of quick help from the federal government.

“Actually, to be really very, very frank with you, nobody but nobody can foretell a disaster,” he stated. “That’s why in the insurance coverage enterprise, disasters are referred to as or categorised an ‘act of God’.

“Just for want of any other term to use it, a massive destruction.”

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, in the meantime, requested the affected residents to maintain calm and up to date on the newest earthquake info.

“We ask our people, especially residents of affected areas, to stay calm and yet remain alert and vigilant for aftershocks as we assure them of immediate assistance by the government,” he stated.

In February, a 6.5-magnitude quake killed eight and left greater than 250 injured in the southern metropolis of Surigao.

Then, in March, a 5.9-magnitude tremor killed one individual.

Before the Surigao quakes, the final deadly earthquake to hit the nation was a 7.1-magnitude tremor that left greater than 220 individuals lifeless and destroyed historic church buildings when it struck the central islands in October 2013.

The Philippines lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, an unlimited Pacific Ocean area the place many quakes and volcanic eruptions happen.

Source: philippineslifestyle