Major earthquake hits southwest Philippines, train and air travel suspended

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has struck the southwest region of the Philippines near the town of Hukay, located just outside the capital city of Manila.

No casualties or major damages were reported after the earthquake, which struck out at sea at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) and was felt in nearby provinces.

Operations of the three elevated railway lines in Manila have been halted due to the earthquake, according to the transport ministry.

“Railways and airports had suspension in operations. So far, no report of major effects of the quake and we hope it remains this way,” Civil Defense spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro said to the press.

The earthquake originated from a deep location approximately 120 kilometers beneath the surface, near the town of Hukay. Deep earthquakes, although often felt across a wider area, generally pose a lower risk of causing significant destruction.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines promptly responded to the situation and stated that, thus far, no substantial damages or injuries have been reported. However, ongoing assessments are being conducted to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the situation.

The Philippines is located within the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and regularly experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to the presence of seismic faults encircling the region. Currently, Mayon Volcano, renowned as the country’s most active, is undergoing an eruption. Though the volcanic activity has been relatively gentle so far, approximately 18,000 individuals have had to evacuate the northeastern Albay province in response to the potential risks associated with the eruption.

The Philippine seismology agency initially recorded a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, but later revised it to 6.3. It said it expects damage and aftershocks.

The local authorities say they remain vigilant and prepared to respond to any further developments, with ongoing monitoring and response efforts aimed at minimizing potential damage and ensuring the timely evacuation and assistance for those affected by the natural disaster.

Umar Ali
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