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Philippines earthquake turns skyscrapers rooftop swimming pool into a waterfall ABC News Australi


Philippines earthquake turns skyscrapers rooftop swimming pool into a waterfall ABC News Australi A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Philippines main island of Luzon on Monday killing 11 people and injuring 20, Pampanga province Governor Lilia Pineda said. The force of the tremor rocked the Anchor Skysuites apartment block in Manila, creating a waterfall from its rooftop swimming pool. Vision captured the moment the huge volume of water began cascading down the side of the building. The quake struck 60 kilometres northwest of the capital, at a depth of 40km, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake left several people trapped in a collapsed building, damaged a Clark International Airport terminal, and knocked out power in at least one province, officials said. Rescuers were struggling to extricate people from the building in the dark because the quake toppled electrical posts and knocked out power in the area, the governor said. “There are still some people inside but they [the rescuers] cant lift the debris that crashed down.” Local media reported that Clark Airport, which is a former US military base, had temporarily closed forcing more than 100 flights to be cancelled. An old Roman Catholic church in Pampanga was damaged in the earthquake, which also caused cracks in highways and bridges. Tall buildings swayed in Manilas main business district and some people evacuated their offices. Renato Solidum, who heads the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the late afternoon quake was centred near the north western town of Castillejos in Zambales province. Dozens of aftershocks were recorded. The Philippines sits on the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a horseshoe shaped band of volcanoes and fault lines circling the edges of the Pacific Ocean. If you have inside knowledge of a topic in the news, . All the key stories, analysis, Antony Greens election guides, Vote Compass, videos and more. Australian politicians including the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader risk being kicked off Chinas largest social media platform WeChat for using official accounts set up by Chinese citizens. North Korean leader Kim Jong un is expected to meet President Vladimir Putin for the first time behind closed doors in Russia within the next 24 hours amid deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Washington. Only looking at the size of “the gap” doesnt tell us anything about how things are going for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Instead, it may hide the progress that is happening and decrease peoples willingness to adopt healthy practices.