Philippines Earthquake: 7.2 Magnitude Quake Hits Visayas Island

By on Oct 15, 2013 in Natural Disasters, Science Comments
Philippines earthquake

Visayas Philippines Earthquake 2013
Credit: Robert Michael Poole ‏@tokyodrastic/Twitter

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the Visayas islands in the Philippines around 8:12 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

The epicenter of the quake was located in Balilihan town of Bohol. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the latest Philippines earthquake has a depth of 20 kilometers.


Visayas Earthquake
400-year-old tower collapsed in Bohol
Credit: Robert Michael Poole ‏@tokyodrastic/Twitter

Areas greatly affected by the quake include Cebu, Iloilo, and Bohol. The quake was also felt as far as war-stricken Zamboanga City in Mindanao. Reports say that over 400 aftershocks were experienced in the Visayas islands.

As of posting, 85 people were confirmed dead and hundreds were injured.

Several historical churches and tourist attractions were either heavily destroyed or partially damaged by the 7.2 quake. Schools, shopping malls, public markets and small buildings also suffered damages brought about by the quake.

Among the damaged structures include the Philippines’ oldest church built in Cebu, Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, It was reportedly built in the 1500’s. Bohol’s tourist attraction,the Chocolate Hills, suffered a landslide.



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