Magnitude 6.1 quake kills 5 in Pampanga

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Emergency responders continue search operations at a damaged commercial building following an quake in Porac town, Pampanga Province, north of Manila, Philippines.

The 6.1-magnitude tremor on Monday caused panic in Luzon, especially in the metropolis as Phivolcs has repeatedly warned that Metro Manila is due for a "big one", a term used to describe a destructive quake, which could measure 7.2-magnitude and can occur along the West Valley Fault System located in eastern Metro Manila.

A strong natural disaster in the north Philippines on Monday trapped some people in a collapsed building, damaged an airport terminal and knocked out power in at least one province, officials said.

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The Philippines' Department of Transportation earlier announced that operations at the airport would be suspended for 24 hours due to the damage.

Pineda said at least three people perished in the collapsed building, but Porac Mayor Carling dela Cruz told DZMM radio that they were only injured and were taken to a hospital.

An undetermined number of people were believed trapped in the four-storey building, Pineda told Manila news television channel ANC. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology traced the epicenter of the tremor in Castillejos, Zambales.

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"Our rescuers are telling us there are people in there shouting, begging to be rescued".

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.3 quake struck northwest of Manila on Monday afternoon.

Many workers in Manila were asked to evacuate buildings as aftershocks followed the quake.

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The Philippines is part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

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