Strong quake in Philippines kills one, damages houses, roads

MANILA (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the central Philippines yesterday morning, damaging homes, roads and bridges and killing at least one person and injuringseveral others.

A three-storey house collapsed in the coastal town of Cataingan as the ground shook.

A retired police officer pinned in the debris died, and rescuers were looking for other members of his family who may be trapped. At least 25 people were injured by the quake in Masbate province, according to disaster-response officials.

Several houses and low-slung buildings were damaged, as was a seaport.

The 6.6 magnitude quake hit about five kilometres from Cataingan at a depth of about 21 kilometres the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

Residents arrange toppled soda bottles after a strong earthquake struck in Cataingan, Masbate province, Central Philippines. PHOTO: AP