A magnitude 7 earthquake hit northern Philippines on July 27 morning with the epicenter in the province of Abra.
The earthquake struck the municipality of Tayum in Abra at 8:43 a.m., the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported.
PHIVOLCS downgraded the earthquake from the initial magnitude of 7.3
PHIVOLCS also recorded Intensity 7 shaking — classified as “destructive” by state seismologists — in the municipalities of Bucloc and Manabo in Abra.
PHIVOLCS warned of aftershocks but said that there was no tsumani threat.
Abra Representative Ching Bernos said in a statement that the earthquake “caused damages to many households and establishments” in the province.
Photos shared by Bernos showed buildings damaged by the earthquake.
“I urge everyone to stay alert and to prioritize safety in light of the possibilities of aftershocks that might be felt after that strong earthquake. We are monitoring the situation on the ground and gathering information on the extent of the damage to the province,” Bernos said.
“My office is also actively coordinating with proper authorities on what can be done to assist families and communities that were severely affected by this earthquake,” Bernos further said.
Other provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region also reported damaged buildings, landslides, and cracks on roads.
Residents in Metro Manila also reported that they felt the earthquake.
© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.