Philippines Earthquake

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Philippines on Wednesday.

Philippines Earthquake

The 7-magnitude quake was centered in the highlands of Abra province, said Renato Solidum, head of the 

Philippines Earthquake

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, who described the afternoon tremors as a major earthquake.

Philippines Earthquake

According to the USGS, the quake struck the country's most populous northern Luzon island at 8:43 a.m. local time.

Philippines Earthquake

The agency originally rated the earthquake at 7.1 on the Richter scale, before downgrading it to 7.0.

Philippines Earthquake

At least five people died - A villager was killed while dozens of others were injured when a cement slab fell on a house in Abra.

Philippines Earthquake

A worker died when a small building under construction collapsed in the strawberry-growing mountain town of La Trinidad, Benguet province.

Philippines Earthquake

The effects of the quake were felt more than 250 mile away in the capital Manila, where workers and residents came out of buildings and gathered on the road.

Philippines Earthquake

Philippine President has ordered the immediate dispatch of rescue and relief teams to Abra and will "visit the affected areas after everything is clear.