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Big earthquake shakes city, reminds people of killer 1990 tremblor

Barely 11 days after the city marked the 32nd year of the killer earthquake that isolated the city and the Cordillera from the rest of Luzon and killed hundreds, another big one struck early Wednesday morning, a scary reminder of the July 16, 1990 tragedy.

In what could be the biggest earthquake that lasted nearly three minutes, people rushed to the streets as the earth shook and buildings groaned amidst the barking of dogs.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported that the epicenter of the magnitude 7.3 earthquake is located at Dolores town in Abra, some 134 kilometers from Baguio.

It was the strongest of a series of earthquakes Wednesday morning experienced all throughout the country, according to Phivolcs starting at midnight with magnitude ranging from 1.7 to 3.2.

A landslide at Marcos Highway was reported, which remains passable but one way. There were also reports of landslides at the Halsema Highway.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong, according to Public Information Office – Baguio chief Aileen Refuerzo advised building owners “not to allow people back inside establishments until structure are assessed and integrity established.”

In April 24, 1985, five years before the big one in July 16, a magnitude 6 earthquake struck Baguio causing injuries to nine persons and reportedly damaged the integrity of the Hyatt Terraces Baguio hotel causing its collapse in 1990. Same temblor opened a 12-meter crack in the beams of the Baguio Central School.Pigeon Lobien 

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