(PresidentialHill.com)- Just hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck nearby provinces and caused many injuries, the northern Philippines was jolted by nearly 400 aftershocks on Wednesday.
Around 10:59 p.m., the earthquake struck. As of 10 a.m. (local time) on Wednesday, there had been 409 aftershocks. According to the state-run news agency, eighty-one of them were plotted or discovered on Wednesday.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the earthquake’s epicenter was located at a depth of 11 kilometers, 9 kilometers (5 miles) northwest of the town of Lagayan in the province of Abra (7 miles).
Numerous structures were damaged, and at least 26 persons suffered injuries. Following the aftershocks, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. urged locals to exercise caution and avoid significant buildings.
Despite the continued aftershocks, Marcos promised that the government would keep an eye on the situation and ensure that the earthquake survivors in Abra had enough food and shelter.
According to his press secretary, food and shelter weren’t a severe issue.
“it is the most crucial component of the support that we have to offer today for the individuals affected by the earthquake last night.”
Patients were evacuated from the province’s most prominent hospital in Batac City, Ilocos Norte when a portion of the critical care unit’s roof collapsed as the structure rocked. According to officials, medical consultation services were briefly put on hold as engineers evaluated the building’s damage.
According to officials, a century-old Christian church in the Abra town of La Paz sustained damage, with portions of its belfry collapsing and some of its walls cracking, leaving debris all over the church’s green yard.
At least two municipalities in the province of Cagayan had brief power outages due to broken power cables. In remote regions, several bridges and highways sustained damage.
As aftershocks persisted, Marcos posted on Twitter that he collaborated with the relevant ministries to check buildings, offer relief, and reestablish power. Schools won’t reopen until structural safety is guaranteed.
The president’s press secretary posted on Twitter, “I guess portions, the last I heard, the last parts of the—Abra province have [sic] already have power restored.”
The Southeast Asian country of the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone in the world since it is situated on the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” an area where numerous earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur around most of the Pacific Ocean rim.