According to the US Geological Survey, the Philippines experienced 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 initially gave the earthquake a magnitude of 7.1 before lowering it to 7.0.

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

Two fatalities were reported in each of Abra and Benguet, according to Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr.

He added that 218 communities in 15 provinces were impacted by the earthquake, and 58 landslides have been reported. In Abra, three bridges were destroyed.

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

Photos taken in the village of Bauko, south of the epicentre, 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.