New powerful natural disaster hits central Philippines, day after deadly temblor

On Tuesday afternoon, the Philippines was hit by a second powerful quake, which registered a magnitude of 6.4 and was centered in Samar, an island in the central eastern part of the country, said the United States Geological Survey.

An Associated Press photographer saw seven people, including at least one dead, being pulled out by rescuers from the pile of concrete, twisted metal and wood overnight.

Using cranes, crowbars and sniffer dogs, Red Cross volunteers, soldiers, police and residents combed the rubble for survivors after hearing victims yell for help.

Authorities inserted a large orange tube into the rubble to blow in oxygen in the hope of helping people still pinned there to breathe.

There were cheers when they pulled a man alive from wreckage last night in the town of Porac, in Pamanga province.

Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda said at least 10 people died in her province, including some in-hit Porac town.

The worldwide airport in Clark, a former U.S. military base in Pampanga, remained closed for repairs, while parts of a one corner of a historic church in the province collapsed.

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The worst of the damage was in the province of Pampanga, which was the site of all 11 fatalities, disaster officials said.

At least 24 people remained missing in the rice-growing agricultural region, majority in the rubble of the collapsed supermarket in Porac, while 81 others were injured, according to the government's disaster-response agency.

Over 400 aftershocks have been registered following the quake, although most were of low intensity. The four-storey building fell as the quake shook the province and the capital city Manila, on the island of Luzon. Many described the ground movement like sea waves.

The bureau of treasury said it had cancelled a planned auction for 20-year treasury bonds, as government offices in Metro Manila were closed to allow safety checks on buildings.

The Philippines is prone to natural disasters, located on the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire", a horse-shoe shaped band of volcanoes and fault lines that circles the edges of the Pacific Ocean.

Four bodies have been recovered from the store after a 6.1-magnitude quake hit the northern Philippines early yesterday.

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