Philippines-Earthquake/Airport

Officials hope to reopen Clark International Airport by Wednesday

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Angeles City, Pampanga Province, Philippines - April 23, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of Clark International Airport
2. Various of damaged ceiling
3. Workers repairing ceiling
4. Debris on ground
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jaime Melo, president, Clark International Airport:
"The damage is only actually superficial, the structure has been cleared, it is structurally sound, all the structures are sound like the ramp, the runway, the taxi way, the terminal structure and the tower are all sound. So that's the good news. It can withstand the same earthquake again. It's just the facilities like the ceiling and some minor cracks that have to be repaired."
6. Various of stranded passengers at airport
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Arthur Tugade, secretary, Department of Transportation:
"The analysis and evaluation have been made by our technical people, at the earliest we will open it tomorrow, at the latest we can open it on Thursday."

Porac Town, Pampanga Province, Philippines - April 22, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
8. Various of rescue operation in progress, collapsed building

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The Clark International Airport in Pampanga could reopen on Wednesday, authorities said on Tuesday, after a deadly earthquake struck the Philippines' main island of Luzon on Monday.

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Eastern Samar province on Tuesday, a day after 6.1-magnitude quake hit the north. The tremor was felt in a number of central and northern Philippine cities.

According to local media, many people in central regions were forced to scramble from their homes and workplaces. No casualties or significant damages have been reported, but aftershocks are expected.

The Clark International Airport was damaged in the earthquake and was forced to close for repair work.

According to Jaime Melo, president of the airport, there is no substantial damage in the airport, and the most severe damaged structures are ceilings.

"The damage is only actually superficial, the structure has been cleared, it is structurally sound, all the structures are sound like the ramp, the runway, the taxi way, the terminal structure and the tower are all sound. So that's the good news. It can withstand the same earthquake again. It's just the facilities like the ceiling and some minor cracks that have to be repaired," said Melo.

Authorities said that the airport is expected to reopen on Wednesday at the earliest.

"The analysis and evaluation have been made by our technical people, at the earliest we will open it tomorrow, at the latest we can open it on Thursday," said Arthur Tugade, Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

A total of 111 flights were canceled on Tuesday, leaving more than 15,000 stranded passengers at the airport.

Many airlines have set temporary reception desks outside the airport to help passengers to change tickets or transfer to other airports in Manila.

Monday's earthquake jolted large portions of Central Luzon, including Metro Manila, leaving at least 11 people killed.

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  • ID : 8109065
  • Published : 2019-04-23 21:35
  • Last Modified : 2019-04-23 21:37:22
  • Location : Philippines
  • Category : disaster and accident
  • Duration : 1'49
  • Audio Language : English/Nats/Part mute
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 3

Philippines-Earthquake/Airport

Officials hope to reopen Clark International Airport by Wednesday

Dateline : April 22/23, 2019

Location : Philippines

Duration : 1'49

  • English


Angeles City, Pampanga Province, Philippines - April 23, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of Clark International Airport
2. Various of damaged ceiling
3. Workers repairing ceiling
4. Debris on ground
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jaime Melo, president, Clark International Airport:
"The damage is only actually superficial, the structure has been cleared, it is structurally sound, all the structures are sound like the ramp, the runway, the taxi way, the terminal structure and the tower are all sound. So that's the good news. It can withstand the same earthquake again. It's just the facilities like the ceiling and some minor cracks that have to be repaired."
6. Various of stranded passengers at airport
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Arthur Tugade, secretary, Department of Transportation:
"The analysis and evaluation have been made by our technical people, at the earliest we will open it tomorrow, at the latest we can open it on Thursday."

Porac Town, Pampanga Province, Philippines - April 22, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
8. Various of rescue operation in progress, collapsed building


The Clark International Airport in Pampanga could reopen on Wednesday, authorities said on Tuesday, after a deadly earthquake struck the Philippines' main island of Luzon on Monday.

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Eastern Samar province on Tuesday, a day after 6.1-magnitude quake hit the north. The tremor was felt in a number of central and northern Philippine cities.

According to local media, many people in central regions were forced to scramble from their homes and workplaces. No casualties or significant damages have been reported, but aftershocks are expected.

The Clark International Airport was damaged in the earthquake and was forced to close for repair work.

According to Jaime Melo, president of the airport, there is no substantial damage in the airport, and the most severe damaged structures are ceilings.

"The damage is only actually superficial, the structure has been cleared, it is structurally sound, all the structures are sound like the ramp, the runway, the taxi way, the terminal structure and the tower are all sound. So that's the good news. It can withstand the same earthquake again. It's just the facilities like the ceiling and some minor cracks that have to be repaired," said Melo.

Authorities said that the airport is expected to reopen on Wednesday at the earliest.

"The analysis and evaluation have been made by our technical people, at the earliest we will open it tomorrow, at the latest we can open it on Thursday," said Arthur Tugade, Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

A total of 111 flights were canceled on Tuesday, leaving more than 15,000 stranded passengers at the airport.

Many airlines have set temporary reception desks outside the airport to help passengers to change tickets or transfer to other airports in Manila.

Monday's earthquake jolted large portions of Central Luzon, including Metro Manila, leaving at least 11 people killed.

ID : 8109065

Published : 2019-04-23 21:35

Last Modified : 2019-04-23 21:37:22

Source : China Central Television (CCTV)

Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland

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