Authorities stated that Clark International Airport (CRK) near Angeles (Pampanga province, Central Luzon region) would likely remain closed on Tuesday, April 23, following a 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Monday, April 22. Airport officials stated that the airport may be operational on Wednesday, April 24, and left open the possibility of a partial reopening later on Tuesday. The runway and air traffic control tower are reportedly undamaged, though infrastructure damage was found on the second floor of the terminal and near check-in counters. At least 104 flights scheduled for Tuesday were canceled and further cancelations are likely.
At least 11 people were killed in the earthquake, which struck around 17:11 (local time) on Monday in Pampanga province. Rescue workers are working to dig out survivors from damaged or collapsed buildings in Porac, where an estimated 24 people are missing. No significant aftershocks have been recorded. 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).
CRK was closed for a 24-hour period at 19:40 to allow for authorities to inspect damage to the airport.
Individuals flying through CRK are advised to confirm their flight status, monitor the situation, maintain flexible itineraries, and anticipate flight disruptions (e.g. cancelations, delays, diversions).
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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