SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/SF CNN) — Anxiety rose within the San Francisco Bay Area’s large Filipino community early Tuesday as the death toll climbed to at least 16 with another 81 injured and 14 missing in the wake of two major earthquakes in the Philippines.
The first tremor, a magnitude 6.1 quake, hit the Southeast Asian archipelago’s Luzon island on Monday.READ MORE: Santa Clara Shoe Store Ransacked in Late Night Smash-and-Grab Robbery
On Tuesday afternoon local time, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake with a depth of 53.6 miles (86.3km) was registered on the island of Samar in central Philippines, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). No tsunami warning has been issued.
Some 29 structures and buildings sustained damage from the first quake, the Office of Civil Defense said. Power in certain areas of Eastern Samar was also out, according to CNN Philippines.
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A number of the deaths occurred when the Chuzon Supermarket branch in Porac town collapsed, killing and trapping dozens, CNN Philippines reported on Tuesday. A number of people have been rescued from the supermarket, although not all of its employees have been accounted for.
The owner of the supermarket chain has voluntarily surrendered to the police’s investigative unit as they look into the collapse, according to the report. The Pampanga legislative board has ordered the closure of three other Chuzon Supermarket branches so their structural integrity can be inspected.
On Monday, Jaime Melo, president of the Clark International Airport Corporation, said seven people suffered minor injuries when a part of the ceiling at the check-in lobby collapsed, according to Philippine News Agency.
The airport will resume partial operations starting Wednesday, according to a statement issued Tuesday. The statement added that the tower, runways and taxiways are structurally sound, and that passengers stranded during the closure would be prioritized.MORE NEWS: 850 Additional Parking Spaces To Open At Antioch BART Station
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