1st April 1955

Earthquake Rocks Philippines 16 Dead, Many Homeless

MANILA, April 1, 1955

A sever earthquake struck the southern Philippines sending thousands fleeing from their homes in the predawn darkness and killing at least 16 people. The quake triggered a series aftershocks that lasted several hours.

Hundreds of people were reported injured by falling debris at least a thousand were left homeless.

Mindanao. Negros and Panay islands were the hardest hit.

The Philippines Cross said 16 people were killed near Lake Lanao.

Island coastal cities were devastated by rolling shocks. Churches crumbled, houses collapsed and electric power failed, the water system was disrupted and its port was blocked.

A Red Cross message from the Lanao district said “Tremors lasted from 2:15 to 9 a. m.”