Visayas Earthquake 2013: 7.2-quake hits Bohol and Cebu, over 100 dead


I woke up this morning to the sad news that a major earthquake jolted Bohol and other parts in the Visayas today, destroying many houses, buildings and business establishments.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), an earthquake with a 7.2 magnitude hit Bohol at 8:12 this morning, October 15, 2013, and was also largely felt in areas like Cebu, Iloilo, Negros Accidental and even Davao City.

Intensity 7 was reported in Tagbilaran, Bohol, Intensity 6 in Inigaran, Negros Occidental and 5 in Iloilo City and La Carlota.

Even in Masbate City in the Bicol Region, PHIVOLCS recorded an Intensity 4 as well as in Roxas City, Antique Guihulngan and Negros Oriental. Intensity 3 meanwhile was also reported for Davao City in the Southeast part of Mindanao.

Over 200 aftershocks were recorded by PHIVOLCS after the 7.2-quake.

Based on the latest report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or NDRRMC (and not NDRMMC), 161 are confirmed to be dead: 149 from Bohol, 11 from Cebu and 1 from Siquijor. 276 are reported so far as injured.

The earthquake happened October 15, which was declared a holiday by President Noynoy Aquino in observance of Feast of Sacrifice or Eid ul Adha by the Muslim community.

In February 8, 1990, Bohol was already hit by a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8, with 6 reported dead and over 200 injured.

Today's earthquake isn't the strongest but is already the deadliest ever to hit the Philippines both in the 2000s and 2010s.

It's the 2nd deadliest quake in the country since 1990s, next to the 7.8 Luzon Earthquake in July 16, 1990 which killed over 1,600 people.

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