At least seven people were injured by falling debris at Clark International Airport (CRK) - located in the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone - following a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck in Pampanga province (Central Luzon region) at 17:11 (local time) on Monday, April 22. Authorities at CRK halted operations for a 24-hour period as of approximately 19:40 on Monday after the passenger terminal and control tower sustained damage; initial reports indicate the runway was not damaged. According to the Department of Transportation, no other airports sustained damage from the earthquake.
Further flight and other transportation disruptions are possible at CRK over the coming hours; aftershocks and associated damages are possible in the coming hours and days.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Luzon, on the northern shore of Manila Bay, on Monday, April 22. The quake struck around 17:11 on Monday, approximately 25 km (15 mi) south of Angeles (Pampanga province, Central Luzon region) at a depth of 20 km (12 mi).
Authorities confirmed the deaths of five people following a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Porac and Lubao (Pampanga province) on April 22. Power outages and infrastructure damage were reported throughout Pampanga province.
Individuals flying through CRK are advised to confirm their respective flight statuses, maintain flexible itineraries, and anticipate flight disruptions (including cancelations and delays).
Individuals in Central Luzon region are advised to be prepared for aftershocks, anticipate transportation, telecommunications, and power disruptions, and to adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. road closures, evacuation notices). In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves from falling debris if indoors, to move away from windows, and not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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