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Philippines hit by second earthquake in 24 hours

A second major earthquake in less than 24 hours has struck the Philippines.

The first came yesterday with a magnitude of 6.3 in north east of Luzon, the country’s largest and most populated island.

At least 11 people were reported to have been killed as a result of the destruction caused, with an airport north of the capital of Manila seriously damaged.

All flights from Clark International airport were cancelled today, including international services to destinations such as Hong Kong, Osaka and Seoul.

A further earthquake with a magnitude 6.2 occurred in eastern Samar province, the third largest island in the Philippines, at 1.37pm local time today.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued an updated travel advisory for the country, saying: “You should follow the advice of local security authorities and monitor local media reports.”

 

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