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International Recovery Platform

Luzon Earthquake, 1990

Country Philippines
Location Northern and Central Luzon (Regions I, II, III, and Cordillera Autonomous Region) and part of Southern Luzon

Brief Overview of the Disaster
An earthquake of 7.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale, (epicenter at 15.71 N and 121.15 E) jolted the Island of Luzon on July 16, 1990 at 4:26 pm, affecting the whole of northern and central Luzon (Regions I, II, III, and Cordillera Autonomous Region) and part of southern Luzon, including Metro Manila. There were 18,337 barangays (villages) in 13 cities and 231 municipalities in 23 provinces that were severely affected. The City of Baguio in the Mountain Province of Northern Luzon was most affected and devastated.

Displaced 126,035
Dead 2,412
Missing 321
Injured 3,513
Housing destroyed/damaged Completely destroyed: 25,305 Partly damaged: 77,249
Total damage and losses (in USD) 695,000
Note total affected 1,597,553
Main source http://www.emdat.be/Database/terms.html
GLIDE No. EQ-1990-000001-PHL