Shocking Video Shows Pool ‘Spill’ Off Skyscraper During Earthquake

by : Julia Banim on : 23 Apr 2019 10:02
Incredible footage from the Philippines shows skyscraper transformed into a waterfall during an earthquake.Incredible footage from the Philippines shows skyscraper transformed into a waterfall during an earthquake.Michael Rivo/Facebook

Shocking footage taken during Monday’s earthquake in the Philippines shows swimming pool water cascading from the penthouse of a skyscraper.


The rooftop pool water was ‘spilled’ during the intense quake, which reportedly registered as having a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale.

The dramatic footage was shared on Facebook by a man by the name of Michael Rivo, showing the towering building transformed into an artificial waterfall.

You can watch the clip, which has since gone viral, below:


According to the US Geological Survey, this surprising footage was taken in the Binondo district of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

The busy bayside city was located approximately 50 miles away from the epicentre of the quake, in Castillejos, Zambales. CNN Philippines reported how terrified office workers were forced to flee high-rise buildings which could be felt swaying.

Martial arts instructor Dani Justo, told AFP how she had been at her southern Manila home when the quake struck:

The clothes hanging on our line were really swaying. My Shih Tzu [dog] dropped flat on the ground.

Footage from inside an office in Manila has been shared on Twitter which shows light fittings swinging around violently:

A second large quake was reported on Tuesday, bringing further destruction and fears for human safety.

As reported by CNN Philippines, the Department of Health have stated that at least 11 people have died, with 30 additional individuals still feared to be trapped beneath the rubble of a collapsed supermarket.


Dozens of people are said to have been injured by falling rubble, with a state of calamity having now been declared in the Philippines.

This calamity status means price controls will be automatic on basic necessities and prime commodities, while local authorities appropriate calamity funds.

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda has reportedly now spoken of the need to help affected families following the announcement of this state of calamity :

We need to help the family of casualties. After the collapsed home, we need to help them get back. And you need to repair the small bridges.

And many of us should consider the integrity of our buildings, schools, government offices, see if there is a big crack to find out if it can be repaired.

Our thoughts are with all those in the Philippines who have been affected by this earthquake.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: News, Philippines, Skyscraper


Michael Rivo/Facebook and 3 others
  1. Michael Rivo/Facebook


  2. CNN Phillipines

    Pampanga under a state of calamity as quake death toll rises, damages bridges

  3. US Geological Survey

    M 6.1 - 0km ESE of Gutad, Philippines

  4. AFP

    New quake strikes as Philippines hunts for survivors