A powerful earthquake struck the Philippines on Monday causing masses of devastation and destruction. The earthquake tragically killed at least eleven people.
The quake, registered as having a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale, hit the province of Pampanga the hardest. It was here in which a four-story building in the town of Porac collapsed and trapped up to ninety people underneath the rubble.
Rescuers across the region have fought heroically to free those who have been trapped, but it's feared that the death toll will continue to rise.
Distressing images have been released both as the earthquake happened, and of the aftermath. One of the videos that has particularly shocked the internet shows a rooftop swimming pool turning into a real life waterfall.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video - it has to be seen to be believed - but, first, here's a little background information.
We all know what an earthquake is, even if we haven't experienced one personally.
We bet you didn't know this fact...
But what actually causes earthquakes?
Where are they most likely to happen?
The most powerful earthquake ever recorded was in Chile in 1960.
And the deadliest was in China way back in 1556.The earthquake in question had a magnitude of around 8 which is not one of the strongest ever recorded, but it did result in the largest death toll. A tragic eight-hundred and thirty thousand people were killed in this earthquake with damage stretching as far as two-hundred and seventy miles.
The Phillippines is also known for having frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Tsunamis have also previously occurred there.The strongest tsunami in the Philippines took place in 1976 and it reached a height of nine meters! And if you think that is high, just wait until you see the rooftop waterfall which cascades down a six-hundred-foot skyscraper...
There have been several catastrophic earthquakes over the years in the Philippines.Most notably, one that took place in 1990 on the northern island of Luzon. More than two-thousand four-hundred people were killed by this earthquake which had an estimated magnitude of 7.8, making it one of the strongest tremors to have ever occurred in the Philippines.
And then, in 2013, another major earthquake hit.The earthquake had a magnitude 7.1 tremor which killed more than two-hundred and twenty in the center of the Philippines.
And, on Monday, another powerful earthquake struck the Philippines.
The province of Pampanga was hit the hardest.
Pampanga's provincial governor, Lilia Pineda, has spoken about the region's rescue efforts.
The country's capital was also affected.
Hundreds of people were also evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Rescue crews are currently assessing the level of damage across the region.
One of the main areas being searched is the town of Porac, which is located around sixty-seven miles northeast of Manila.
According to the Mayor of Porac, trapped people could be heard screaming from the building.
Onlookers could be seen watching the rescuers with fear in their eyes.
A local church was also badly damaged.
It has been revealed that the quake was caused by movement in a local fault.
Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology chief Renato Solidum says today's quake, which was caused by mov… https://t.co/6IKxRpvvGs— Live Eurasia Map (@Live Eurasia Map)1555929275.0