Several dead as earthquakes shake northern Philippine isles
Early saturday two strong earthquakes hours apart struck a group of sparsely populated islands in the Luzon Strait in the northern Philippines , killing at least 7 people, injuring about a dozen and causing substantial damage. Itbayat town Mayor Raul de Sagon said five people died in the first quake and two in the second, and at least 12 were injured. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quakes measured 5.4 and 5.9. The Philippine seismology agency said the second quake measured 6.4.
“The wounded are still being brought in,” de Sagon told a local radio station, adding that he and residents were staying in the town plaza because the successive quakes damaged mostly older buildings and houses made of thick limestone.
. Authorities were about to resume power supply when the second quake hit, prompting them to delay the resumption of electrical services, he said. More doctors may be needed if the number of injured from interior villages rises, he added.
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