Philippines natural disaster turns skyscraper's rooftop swimming pool into a waterfall

Strong earthquake shakes areas north of Philippine capital

The 6.1-magnitude tremor on Monday caused panic in Luzon, especially in the metropolis as Phivolcs has repeatedly warned that Metro Manila is due for a "big one", a term used to describe a destructive quake, which could measure 7.2-magnitude and can occur along the West Valley Fault System located in eastern Metro Manila.

A magnitude-6.3 natural disaster struck the Philippines' main island of Luzon on Monday killing eight people and injuring 20, Pampanga province Governor Lilia Pineda said.

Among the dead: a child pulled from the rubble earlier in the day.

The quake hit on Monday afternoon local time, disrupting air, rail and road transport and causing some damage to buildings and infrastructure.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck near the Bodega sector of Manila, the nation's capital, on Luzon island.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has monitored 239 aftershocks per its spokesman, some as strong as intensity four.

"It's hard 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. Cellphone signals were erratic in the province.

Clark International Airport was closed temporarily because of damaged check-in counters, ceilings and parts of the departure area, airport official Jaime Melo said, adding that seven people were slightly injured and more than 100 flights were canceled.

However, some officials reported damage to a church in northern Pampanga province and said boulders rolled down a mountain, blocking a highway.

The water reportedly sloshed out of a rooftop pool of the residential Anchor Skysuites in the Binondo district of Manila as the building swayed during the natural disaster.

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