Monday, 22 April 2019

Earthquake in Philippines causes damage to airport

A powerful, 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines Pampanga Province that has caused the deaths of at least six people and injured around 50 others.  The quake has also impacted operations at the Clark City international airport.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and it was felt in a number of nearby provinces including Bulacan as well as some parts of Manila, causing scores of people to rush out of their offices, homes and other buildings. Early reports indicate some buildings have collapsed and others damaged by the earthquake.

It's understood that part of the ceiling in the check-in area collapsed at Clark International airport during the quake injuring around 7 people. The airport has suspended international and domestic flights for at least 24 hours. A crisis team at the airport reported there was no damage to the runways or taxiways and they were checking the "Soundness of the building structure and other facilities as we are assessing other structural damages around the airport," 

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