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7.2 earthquake jolts Bohol, hits Cebu hard

7.2 earthquake, Bohol, Cebu, Manila Bulletin

A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines’ oldest church Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

3rd UPDATE– A 7.2 magnitude earthquake has jolted Bohol at 8:14 a.m. today, Oct. 15. It was also felt in Cebu, Negros, Siquijor, Northern Mindanao and in other nearby provinces.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported the epicenter at the mountainous area of Carmen, Bohol.

It is Cebu, however, that sustained a lot of damage. Early reports said two buildings in Cebu collapsed due to the strong tremor. The roof of the Gaisano Mall being constructed along SRP road (reclamation project) also gave way as the earth shook.

Cracks have been reported in Cebu and Tagbilaran runways as well. The airport is still open.

Cebu Pacific has cancelled its flights to Tagbilaran.

Cebu’s Pasil Market also collapsed and three bodies were recovered. Seearch and rescue operations are ongoing.

The quake also damaged the Baclayon and Sto. Nino Basilica bell towers. The old churches of Baclayon and Loboc suffered extensive damage. the Baclayon Church was declared a National Historic Treasure in 1995.

Part of Cebu Doctor University also collapsed and patients were brought out to the streets to reduce the possibility of more serious accidents or deaths due to the tremor.

Residents are out in the streets as of press time. They said they felt the ground shudder lightly, followed by a loud thump then teh ground shook violently for about a minute. Four aftershocks have been recorded since.

The terror also caused a stampede at the Toledo Gym that injured many and one reported fatality.

Communication and power lines in Butuan City also went down because of the tremor.

The proviincial office of the Department of Education immediately announced the suspension of classes tomorrow in schools within its jurisdiction to check for damages in classrooms and other buildings.

Phivolcs has reported intensity 6 in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, intensity 4 in Masbate City and intensity 3 in Davao City.

Nueva Fuerza in Bohol reported aftershocks with 5.4 intensity.

Intensity 5 earthquake was also felt in La Carlota City, Iloilo City.

The earthquake is said to be tectonic in nature. No tsunami alert has been raised. (with notes from Isabel de Leon, Anjo Perez, Mike Crismundo)

earthquake, Bohol, Manila Bulletin

A Phivolcs chart reporting the extent of damage and reach of the 7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol on Oct. 15 at 8:14 a.m.

  • Dominic Mosqueda Ejares

    I was so worried of my relatives out there in cebu. I hope everyone is safe.

  • Oscar

    why not use the pork barrel money and bonuses to help and rehabilitate victims of the earthquake?

    • junalbert

      Pare, merong mga foreign donors yan, kaya nga nabubulsa nila yong mga tulong na dapat dyan eh.

      • Dominic Mosqueda Ejares

        Gaw, ur so lucky enough to escape. god bless u.

  • Jose Mervin Mosqueda

    I helped old woman when were inside the mall but when were going outside a bulk of people running and i left the old woman.i dont know what had happened to her now,because when iwas in the street the first thing i do was to find her but i. Did’nt saw her outside the street.i felt guilt now.

  • Jose Mervin Mosqueda

    People around colon are panicked,we dont know where to run because the whole street like somebody throwing a bomb because the debris was falling.

  • Jose Mervin Mosqueda

    Scary iwas inside the collonade supermarket when the quake started.i thought it was my laat day……

  • Metelo Arias

    7.2 earthquake jolts Bohol and other neighboring provinces. But Cebu suffered the most damage. The roof of Gaisano Mall in SRP Cebu also collapsed, Pasil Market also collapsed with one fatality, including part of Cebu Doctor’s University. We should be all prepared for any further eventuality, and continue the enforcement of earthquake drills in all schools, offices and high rise condominium buildings, malls, churches, and other places where many people congregate.