(UPDATE) At least four individuals were reportedly killed while 60 others were injured after a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Abra and shook parts of Luzon island on Wednesday, the Department on the Interior and Local Government said.
Of the four reported deaths, two are from Benguet, one from Abra, and one from Mountain Province, Interior Sec. Benhur Abalos said in a press briefing before President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Regions 1, 2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region suffered damages, which cover 15 provinces, 15 cities, 280 municipalies, and 6,756 barangays, Abalos said.
According to their report from CAR, 29 municipal roads in CAR were damaged, along with 173 private and government buildings, and three bridges. A total of 58 landslides were also reported, most of which occurred in Abra with 31.
Road closures and power interruptions were also reported in some parts of Abra, while intermittent communication lines were experienced in Region 1, Abalos said.
"Nakadeploy ang kapulisan, bumbero, disaster risk offices ng mga LGUs," he added.
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Tayum, Abra at 8:43 a.m. on Wednesday, with the tremor also felt in parts of Metro Manila and even as far as Quezon province.
Photos coming from provinces in northern Luzon showed the extent of the damage of the earthquake as houses fell and structures crumbled.
The Phivolcs warned that aftershocks may occur following the initial earthquake.
More details to follow.
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