7.0 Earthquake in Northern Philippines

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A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Northern Philippines with Abra and Ilocos region hardest hit on Wednesday morning.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS), the earthquake hit at 8:43 am with the epicenter in Tayum, Abra.

In a press conference on Wednesday morning, PHILVOCS says there are reports of places like Abra and Vigan, Ilocos Sur with broken bridges and prone to landslides.

People in the affected area have already been evacuated.

But PHILVOCS says to make sure people who do evacuate go to areas where there is no prone to deep landslides.

As for aftershocks, it’s still possible to feel the aftershocks even in Manila. Yet there were no reports of damage in the capital.

PHILVOCS says it’s still possible to get aftershocks even in places like Manila within the next two or three days. And with time, they will decrease. It might go up yet the general trend is that it will go done.

Pictures of the Vigan Cathedral Church  posted on local media on Bombo Radyo’s social media showing the church’s façade was destroyed.

According to OFW Lhen Anillo, her cousin’s house, Kapitan Ayan Rosimo, in Brgy. Concerning West, St. Lucia, Ilocos Sur, their cabinet fell on top of their bed. Broken items were seen during their live video.

For Mike Erpelo, his light fixture swayed at the time of the earthquake while he was in his condo in Pasig City.

PHILVOCS reminds everyone not to panic.  They will send a team to the epicenter and will give guidance to local governments.