Philippines Earthquake Triggers Landslides, Damages Power Plant; 2 Killed

Associated Press – July 7, 2017

Soldiers and engineers were sent to villages hit hardest by a strong earthquake that struck the Philippines Thursday, killing at least two people, injuring dozens more and triggering landslides.

The shallow 6.5 magnitude quake was centered in Leyte province Thursday afternoon and cracked buildings and roads across the central Philippines. While the U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor struck at a depth of 4 miles, Filipino seismologists said it was 1.2 miles deep and was caused by movement of the Philippine Fault.

In addition to the two deaths, four people remained missing Friday. In the hard-hit Leyte town of Kananga, a building with a grocery store and other businesses collapsed during the quake, killing one person, injuring 20 and trapping six people who were eventually rescued, Kananga Mayor Rowena Codilla told the Associated Press by cellphone.

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