Baguio City, July 17, 1990, Day 2 of the retrieval operations
Cadet Lardizabal Lupadit (in white shorts) and University of Baguio student assistants transport a body retrieved from the rubbles.
Estimates reflect that the 7.7-magnitude earthquake caused damage within an area of about 20,000 square kilometers, stretching from the mountains of the Cordillera Administrative Region through the Central Luzon region. Based on the Mercalli scale of intensity, the earthquake’s intensity was categorized as “violent,” producing a 125-kilometer long ground rupture that stretched from Dingalan, Aurora to Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija. An estimated 1,600 people were killed, most of them in the Cordillera region and in Central Luzon.
Photo courtesy of Lardizabal Lupadit