7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Philippines, impact felt in Manila

(CNN) According to the US Geological Survey, the Philippines had an earthquake on Wednesday with a magnitude of 7.0. (USGS).

According to USGS, the earthquake occurred at 8:43 a.m. local time (8:43 p.m. ET) on northern Luzon, the country's most populous island. The agency first gave the earthquake a magnitude of 7.1 before lowering it to 7.0.

According to USGS, its epicenter was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) beneath the surface, around 13 kilometers (8 miles) southeast of the tiny town of Dolores in the province of Abra.

More than 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) away in the capital city of Manila, the quake's effects could be felt as employees and citizens fled their homes and gathered on the streets.

Photos taken near the village of Bauko, south of the epicenter, show huge boulders and debris toppling onto a road as a result of the earthquake's landslides. In other images, individuals can be seen clearing the wreckage.

On July 27, an earthquake struck the Philippines' Bauko, causing boulders to fall.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) advised people to prepare for possible aftershocks, but stressed that because the tsunami was found inland, no tsunami warnings had been issued.

Landlocked Abra is distinguished by its steep valleys and rugged topography.

Rep. Ching Bernos, a congresswoman from the province of Abra, claimed in a statement that the earthquake "caused damages to numerous families and companies," "was also felt in many regions of Luzon," and "triggered preventative actions in many places."

Photos from Abra show the ground covered in rubble and earthquake-damaged structures. One structure is turned on its side, and another has fissures visible along the sides.

After an earthquake struck the Abra province of the Philippines on July 27, a damaged structure is lying on its side.

Bernos asked locals to remain vigilant as her agency is monitoring the situation and determining the extent of the damage "considering the potential for aftershocks

According to his press secretary, Philippine President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. ordered the urgent dispatch of rescue and relief teams to Abra and will visit the devastated areas once he has been "given the all-clear."

Correction: Ching Bernos' position was incorrect in a previous version of this article. She represents the province of Abra in congress.

Correction: The date of the earthquake was given incorrectly in a previous version of this article. In the Philippines, the day was Wednesday.