The quake struck at 8:43 a.m. local time (8:43 p.m. ET) in northern Luzon, the country’s most populous island, according to the USGS. The agency initially listed the quake as 7.1 on the Richter scale, downgrading it to 7.0.
Its epicenter was about 13 kilometers (8 mi) southeast of the small town of Dolores in Abra province, with a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 mi), according to the USGS.
The quake’s impact was felt 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) away in the capital, Manila, where workers and residents rushed out of buildings and gathered in the streets.
The quake also triggered landslides, with photos showing large rocks and boulders falling onto a road in the town of Bauko, south of the epicenter. Other photos show people working to clear debris.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) told citizens to prepare for any aftershocks, but said it had not issued any tsunami warning as it was detected locally.
Abra is a landlocked region known for its deep valleys and mountainous terrain.
In a statement, the Congress Woman Representative of Abra Province. Singh Bernos said the quake “damaged several houses and establishments” and was “felt in various parts of Luzon and triggered precautionary measures in many places.”
Photos from Abra show buildings damaged by the quake and debris covering the ground. One building is seen with cracks in the walls, while another is leaning on its side.
Bernos said his office was monitoring the situation and assessing the extent of the damage, and asked residents to remain vigilant “in light of the possibility of aftershocks.”
Philippine President Ferdinand “Bangbang” Marcos Jr. ordered the immediate dispatch of rescue and relief teams to Abra and will visit the affected areas “once the all-clear” is given, his press secretary told a press conference on Wednesday.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Singh Pernos’ status. She is the Congresswoman from Abra Province.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated when the earthquake struck. It’s Wednesday in the Philippines.