8 dead, several injured after 6.1-magnitude quake rocks Philippine`s Bodega

People gather outside a shopping mall after a powerful earthquake rocked Manila on Monday

Rescue teams in the Philippines searched for signs of life beneath the tangled debris from a collapsed four-storey commercial building on Tuesday after a strong quake shook the country's biggest island, killing at least 16 people.

"No one started crying, but of course some panicked because it was really strong", said Rey Estrobo, a supervisor at a hotel in Borongan town, near the epicentre.

"We also dispatched roving teams in Eastern Samar and Albay to immediately assist affected individuals", it said on Twitter.

A rescuer assists a search dog as they try to reach survivors at a collapsed four-storey building following an quake in Porac town, Pampanga province, Philippines, April 23, 2019.

There were no immediate reports of destruction there but the national seismology agency said damage could be expected from what it recorded as a 6.2 magnitude quake.

Twenty people have so far been rescued and taken to hospital, she added.

"Operation is temporarily suspended except for en route flights", he said Monday night. Let us do what we can to help our Filipino brothers and sisters in need during this trying time! Eight people were killed and about 20 injured, provincial governor Lilia Pineda said. "I looked for a way out".

An old Roman Catholic church in Pampanga was damaged in the natural disaster, which also caused cracks in highways and bridges.

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Porac-based Father Roland Moraleja said the 18th-century belfry of the Saint Catherine of Alexandria church collapsed in the quake. Old churches in Porac and Lubao were also damaged.

An airport was seriously damaged and at least two buildings were destroyed.

Rescuers continued to search for survivors from Monday's quake, centered just 50 miles northwest of Manila, the capital.

Clark International Airport, located about an hour's drive north of the capital, suffered major damage, with at least seven people injured.

Another strong tremor hit the country Tuesday, this time an even stronger magnitude 6.5 natural disaster in the Visayas.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it's on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. Geological Survey's preliminary estimate is that more than 49 million people were exposed to some shaking from the quake, with more than 14 million people likely to feel moderate shaking or more.

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