8 people killed, dozens injured in Philippines’ deadly earthquake
Substantial damage is being reported in Itbayat municipality after two consecutive earthquakes measuring 5.4 and 5.9 struck the region around 4:16am and 7:30am local time, followed by an aftershock.
Amid ongoing large scale rescue operations a third quake measuring 5.7 struck the same area at 09:24am.
At least 8 people were killed and 60 others injured, according to preliminary information from Batanes Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
All of the jolts were centered within 15 kilometers of Itbayat. The municipality, which is home to roughly 3,000 people, has suffered a power outage. Some damage has also been reported in the local Jorge Abad airport. A historic Maria de Mayan church was also damaged.