A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the northern Philippines’ island Luzon on Monday.
The quake jolted the capital, Metro Manila and other nearby provinces including Pampanga, Zambales, Rizal and Cavite.
With the strong intensity it sent thousands of people fleeing high-rises in Manila as buildings shook.
At least five people were killed in two building collapses near the epicentre, in Gutad, Pampanga, about 100 kilometres north of Manila.
The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at a depth of 40 kilometres.
Three bodies have been pulled out of a collapsed building in the town of Porac in Pampanga, while an old woman and her grandchild were crushed to death by another building in the town of Lubao, provincial governor Lilia Pineda told local media outlet ABS-CBN.
Twenty-nine others were being treated for injuries in Porac.
“The quake has caused a blackout,” she said, hampering rescue efforts in the early evening as night closed in.
Meanwhile, at nearby Clark Airport, which is a destination for Emirates Airline, witnesses shared photos of a damaged terminal building. Cebu Pacific, a local carrier, has cancelled flights.
The country’s Senate already issued an office cancellation tomorrow April 23, after their in-house engineers found cracks and significant damages in the building.
The National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council or NDRRMC is currently assessing the damage in the affected areas as of posting.