Philippines earthquake causes water from rooftop pool to cascade down building

An earthquake in the Philippines caused an apartment building to sway so much water from the rooftop pool was sent cascading down the 53-storey building.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit near the town of Bodega at around 5:11pm on Monday (local time).

It was felt in the country's capital Manila, about 60km away, causing buildings to shake.

Anchor Skysuites is one of the tallest apartment blocks in the city, standing at 181m with 53 floors, The Daily Mail reported.

Video posted to Twitter shows a wall of water pouring down one side of the building, as people rush to get out of the way on the street.

The quake caused extensive damage across the region and eight people are reported to have died.

A young girl and her grandmother were crushed to death when a wall fell in their house in Lubao town in Pampanga, a badly-hit province north of Manila, said provincial Governor Lilia Pineda.

Another two people were killed when a four-storey building with a supermarket on the ground floor collapsed in nearby Porac town in the same province, according to Angie Blanco of the provincial disaster risk reduction office.

Two other victims were killed after being hit by toppled structures in their homes in Porac, Blanco said.

The international airport in nearby Clark City was damaged, with part of its ceiling crashing to the floor.

The overhead train system in Manila suspended operations to ensure that the stations were safe following the earthquake.

The Philippines is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where about 90 percent of the world's earthquakes strike.

The last major quake to hit the country was a 7.1-magnitude tremor that killed more than 220 people in the central Philippines in October 2013.