Emergency alert: Batanes, Philippines earthquake

At least 8 people killed as twin earthquakes hit northern Philippines

Key Updates

  • At least 8 people have been killed and 60 injured when twin earthquakes struck the island province of Batanes (northernmost Philippines) early Saturday morning, 27 July 2019.
  • The earthquakes have caused damage to homes and structures in the area.
  • The quakes – magnitude 5.4 and magnitude 5.9 – struck within hours of each other, according to bulletins from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
  • No tsunami alerts were issued but aftershocks were expected.
  • The first earthquake, struck east of Itbayat, Batanes at a depth of 12 kilometers at 4:16 am – around the same time that Metro Manila authorities conducted the annual earthquake drill. The town of Itbayat experienced Intensity VII. · Rescue operations are on-going. Itbayat’s Mayor said the injured people were being treated inside tents set up at the town’s plaza as the Itbayat District Hospital has also sustained damage from the earthquake.
  • Itbayat is currently suffering a power outage likely due to damage affecting underground power lines.

What CARE is doing

CARE does not have any staff or partners present in the area. As of now, there are no identified immediate needs. If evacuations of the area begin, people will need food, water, non-food items, and hygiene materials.

The provincial government has dispatched food supplies, medicine, and support volunteers to Itbayat. It is also responding to injured residents.

CARE and partners in Northern Luzon are ready to conduct assessments if needed but may face logistical and travel difficulties as Batanes is hard to reach by sea travel.

CARE is closely monitoring the situation for any significant changes.

How you can help

In an emergency, a quick response saves lives. Donate now to CARE Canada's Emergency Response Fund.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Lama Alsafi
media@care.ca | 613-228-5641