An earthquake and aftershocks struck islands off the north of the Philippines this Saturday (today) killing eight people and injuring 60.

An initial quake of magnitude 5.4 struck the Batanes Islands and was followed shortly by an aftershock of magnitude 5.9 followed by another big aftershock a little later, according to Philippine government data.

The first quake killed five people while three people were killed in aftershocks, said Executive Director of the Disaster Agency, Ricardo Jalad.

Videos and photographs taken by Edna Gato, a school teacher in Itbayat town, show the aftermath of the damage on her home and residents gathering in open spaces.

Gato said she was standing outside in an open space with more than 1 000 people.

“New houses were damaged and the old houses which we were preserving were completely destroyed,” she said.

The national disaster agency said it was sending medical and rescue teams to the islands, about half way between the main Philippine island of Luzon and Taiwan.

 

-Reuters