2 dead, 100 injured in Leyte quake

TACLOBAN CITY (Updated) -- Two people died and more than a hundred others were injured after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Leyte in the Visayas Thursday, July 6.

The earthquake struck at 4:03 p.m., with the epicenter located in Jaro, Leyte. State seismologists said the quake was caused by movement of the Philippine Fault.

READ: Magnitude 6.5 quake hits Leyte

The quake was so strong that a building in Kananga, a town next to Jaro, collapsed, killing one person, injuring more than 20 others and trapping six people, including children, who were later rescued, Kananga Mayor Rowena Codilla told The Associated Press by cellphone from the scene.

"I can see that the child looks pale and weak but the others are okay," Codilla said, as she watched while the victims were treated by medics for bruises and other injuries.

She said the victims guided the rescuers by cellphone to where they were trapped. She said many people managed to dash out of the building when it started to sway, but the six were unable to escape in time.

One person was pulled out earlier from the building alive but injured, she said.

The fatality, meanwhile, was identified by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as Gerry Movilla, 40.

Codilla said the building had a grocery store, a hardware store and a beauty parlor on the ground floor and a guest house on the second floor.

The quake also caused power outages in Kananga and outlying areas.

READ: Still no power in Bohol, Leyte, Samar Island

Thousands of residents, office workers and students fled from homes, buildings and schools, with some falling over as the ground shook. Many refused to return home because of aftershocks.

Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City, about 30 kilometers from Kananga, told dzMM radio that a landslide hit a house and killed a 19-year-old woman, who was identified as Rhissa Rosales. She was hit by fallen concrete hollow blocks.

More than 100 others were injured in the area, including many who were "traumatized and hysterical," he said.

The strong shaking caused cracks in some buildings and roads in the city and power was automatically shut off, Gomez said.

Ormoc's airport was closed after the quake damaged its runway, Gomez said.

Delia Vilbar, the treasurer of Ormoc, said she was attending a meeting on the second floor of City Hall when the earthquake struck.

"It was very strong, and the building was shaking," she said. "I sat down while others in the room went under the table."

When she went outside to the street, she saw people crying and embracing each other, she said.

Asked about the earthquake, President Rodrigo Duterte, who was visiting Bukidnon province in Mindanao, said he had not received any reports of major damage.

The quake struck in a region that was devastated in November 2013 by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which whipped up huge waves that left more than 7,300 people dead or missing, leveled entire villages and displaced more than 5 million villagers.

Tacloban city, which was hard hit by Yolanda, lost electrical power after Thursday's earthquake.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where earthquakes and volcanoes are common. A magnitude 7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990. (AP/SunStar Philippines)

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