Operations of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) will be suspended for 24 hours, following the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Zambales.
In a statement sent to reporters by Department of Transportation spokesperson Goddes Libiran, the DOTr said the temporary closure will be to assess that the airport remains safe for public use.
“CIAC Pres. Jim Melo said they will issue an official advisory announcing the closure of CRK for 24 hours to assess extent of the damage and ensure that everything is okay and safe,” she said.
Photos posted to social media showed damaged structures at the airport. According to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, Clark's control tower sustained a broken glass panel.
This comes after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Zambales past 5:00 p.m. Monday, according to PHIVOLCS.
Intensity V was recorded in San Felipe, Zambales and Quezon City. — BM, GMA News