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SC suspends work in several courts after magnitude 7 quake

The Supreme Court has suspended work in several courts following the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck Abra and was felt in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

In a tweet, the high court announced on Wednesday that work was suspended in the branches and offices of the Malabon Regional Trial Court.

The SC suspended work in the Regional Trial Court and Municipal Trial Court of Lingayen and the entire Hall of Justice in Urdaneta City.

It also suspended work in the San Fernando Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branches 1 and 2 as well as the Office of the Clerk of Court.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the quake (earlier reported as magnitude 7.3) occurred at 8:43 a.m. and was located three kilometers northwest of Tayum, Abra.

It had a depth of 17 kilometers.

Aftershocks and damage were expected, but there was no threat of a tsunami, PHIVOLCS said.

The strong earthquake left at least four people dead and 60 others injured. —Joahna Lei Casilao and Mel Matthew Doctor/VBL, GMA News