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Five dead as buildings collapse in Philippine quake

Five dead as buildings collapse in Philippine quake

An airport was seriously damaged and at least two buildings were destroyed.

At least five people have been killed in the Philippines after a powerful natural disaster struck the main island of Luzon, officials say.

NGCP said it is still assessing the extent of the damage caused by the quake.

Twenty people have so far been rescued and taken to hospital, she added.

Jaime Melo, president of the Clark International Airport Corporation, said seven people suffered minor injuries when part of the ceiling at the check-in lobby of a passenger terminal collapsed, according to the Philippine News Agency.

Renato Solidum, who heads the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the late afternoon quake was centered near the northwestern town of Castillejos in Zambales province.

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After the quake struck the capital, Manila, hundreds of office workers dashed out of buildings in panic, some wearing hard hats, and residents ran out of houses.

"This was the second strongest quake I've felt in my entire life", she told AFP as she joined hundreds of others in the courtyard of an office building, waiting for the all clear.

"There is ongoing rescue operation in the area", she said. "People looked in shock, but no one was shouting or anything like that", she said.

The quake struck 60 km (37 miles) northwest of Manila at a depth of 40 km (25 miles).

Dani Justo, a martial arts instructor, told AFP she was at her southern Manila home when the quake struck.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it's on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.