Philippines earthquake: Magnitude 6.1 Kills 5 People

(BBC) – At least five people have been killed in the Philippines after a powerful earthquake struck the main island of Luzon, officials say.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit at about 17:11 local time (09:11 GMT) on Monday, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reports.

An airport was seriously damaged and at least two buildings were destroyed.

Authorities believe some people remain trapped inside one four-storey building in the town of Porac.

“It’s difficult because there is no power, so we’re still trying to get hold of a generator to be able to rescue the people inside,” Lilia Pineda, governor of Pampanga province, told ABS-CBN television.