Quake of 6.3 magnitude strikes Philippines, several dead

Strong earthquake shakes areas north of Philippine capital

The Pampanga lawmaker said she was saddened by the damage left by the tremor and will check on the province's situation following reports of fatalities.

A 6.1-magnitude quake struck near the town of Bodega on the Philippine island of Luzon on Monday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

According to Pineda, a woman and her grandchild in Lubao town died after a wall collapsed on them.

The 6.1-magnitude natural disaster that jolted parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila on Monday had spawned close to 500 lesser-sized tremors in a span of 15 hours.

Thousands of travellers were stranded after aviation authorities shut down the secondary Clark Airport, which is located on the site of the former U.S. military installation that lies about an hour's drive north of the capital.

The quake hit on Monday afternoon local time, disrupting air, rail and road transport and causing some damage to buildings and infrastructure.

Witness have described office buildings swaying in the main business district of the capital, Manila.

"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. "People looked in shock, but no one was shouting or anything like that", she said.

The USGS initially said the magnitude was 6.4 but later downgraded it slightly.

The quake prompted many residents to flee their homes and interrupted Manila train service.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded at least 406 aftershocks as of Tuesday morning.

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.

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