Philippines earthquake: Incredible footage shows rooftop swimming pool pour down skyscraper after earthquake

Olivia Tobin

Incredible footage has shown water from a rooftop swimming pool hurtling down a skyscraper after a powerful earthquake hit the Philippines.

Three people including one child have been confirmed dead after the blast after a 6.1 magnitude quake shook Pampanga as well as several other provinces in the capital, Manila.

The quake also trapped at least eight others in a collapsed building that housed a supermarket in a northern Philippine province, officials said.

Images showed water pouring down from the top of the Anchor Skysuites, a large apartment block in the centre of Manila.

Emergency responders at the site of a damaged building (EPA)

Dozens of people can be seen running away from the scene as water fell.

Mayor Condralito dela Cruz of Porac town in Pampanga province, north of Manila, said rescuers pulled two survivors from a collapsed building, where other trapped people could be heard screaming for help as rescuers struggled to save them.

The quake was caused by movement in a local fault at a depth of eight miles near the northwestern town of Castillejos in Zambales province, said Renato Solidum, who heads the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake in the north Philippines on Monday (AP)

The Philippines, one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because of its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismically active arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.