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April 22, 2019

 
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The island of Luzon, Philippines struck by a
6.1-magnitude earthquake earlier today

 
 

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SITUATION

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the island of Luzon in the Philippines on Monday afternoon, 5:11 pm local time. The tremors were felt all the way to the capital city of Manila where buildings were evacuated. 

So far, authorities have reported 8 casualties due to fallen buildings and informed that people were still trapped under rubbles. Rescue missions were made difficult due to power outages across the regions and the difficulty to source generators. 

Manila’s secondary airport, Clark Airport, also suffered major damages to its control tower and passenger terminal which has prompted the suspension of operations. Passengers should expect canceled or highly delayed flights. Airlines are encouraging their customers to reschedule their trip or reroute to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Passengers can also request a refund or credit for their flight tickets. 

ADVICE

After an earthquake:

  • Expect aftershocks hours, days, or weeks after the main quake. Aftershocks can cause building damage and falling debris.
  • Avoid open flames in damaged buildings as earthquakes can damage gas lines. Don’t use lighters or matches.
  • Drive carefully and plan alternative routes. Structural damage and traffic light outages may make it difficult to get to your destination.

If you are scheduled to travel to the island of Luzon, contact your travel agency or the airline company to confirm your trip and flight status, inquire about possible cancellations and policies for rescheduling your trip or reimbursement.

                      
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