Powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes Philippines; at least 4 dead

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MANILA – On Wednesday, a violent 7.1 magnitude earthquake slammed the northern Philippine island of Luzon, killing four people, destroying structures, and causing significant vibrations in the capital, Manila.

According to Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos, two persons were slain in Benguet province, one in Abra province, and one in another area. According to him, sixty persons were injured.

According to US Geological Survey data, the quake struck roughly 11 kilometers (six miles) southeast of Dolores at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

“Despite the heartbreaking reports of earthquake devastation, we are ensuring a prompt response to those in need and affected by this tragedy,” President Ferdinand Marcos Jr remarked on Facebook.

The tremor struck close to the political heartland of the Marcos family.

Strong aftershocks were forecast, according to Renato Solidum, director of the state seismology department.

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