Rescuers in the Philippines are searching for survivors by digging debris with their bare hands after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck in the central Philippines which killed dozens of people.
According to the Philippines military, the current death toll has risen to 48 and 92 people are missing.
The earthquake collapsed bridges and damaged roads near Negros Island. Rescuers in search of missing people had to climb mountains to reach remote villages.
Homes are buried under soils and rock in Guihulngan City, which had also received heavy rains days before the quake, disaster officials said.
The U.S. embassy in Manila released a statement saying: “The embassy offers its condolences to all those affected by the recent earthquake near Dumaguete, and the following aftershocks.”
“Local and national authorities, working with civic organizations, are making significant efforts to assist victims of this tragic natural disaster. We applaud their dedication and expertise,” the statement said.
Manila Bulletin Stated that, “Rescuers continue to search for some 92 people believed still missing in the wake of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that jolted Negros Oriental, even as an Army official said the death toll increased to 48 as of Tuesday afternoon.”
Many Families are still hoping that their loved ones are still alive. The killerQuake left these damaged bridges include Martilo Bridge (La Libertad) not passable; Pangaloan Bridge (Jimalalud), collapsed; Oyangon Bridge (Ayungon), bridge approach damaged; San Jose Bridge, bridge twisted; and Bateria Bridge (Guihulngan), collapsed.
The Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of Philippine has reported that an earthquake of 4.7 magnitude hit parts of Luzon today. The time at which 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck was 10:10 am. The epicenter of quake was 26 kilometers away from Nasugbu part of Batangas. The nature of quake was tectonic. Its intesity in Manila and in Dasmarinas its intensity was 4 in Quezon City, its intensity was 3. Its shocks were also felt atLubang and Looc towns. Here the shocks were of 2 intensity. The other cities where its shocks came were Pampanga, San Fernando where its intensity was 1. The Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of Philippine has said that after shocks of the earthquake are unexpected.