MANILA, Philippines (11th UPDATE) – A shallow magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Central Visayas Tuesday, October 15, killing at least 28 people in Cebu and damaging property – including historic structures – across the region.
The quake struck at 8:12 am, and was centered 2 kilometers southeast of Carmen, Bohol (09.80°N, 124.20°E). The quake's depth of focus was 33 kilometers, and was of tectonic origin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in its initial report.
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Many Catholic churches as well have been either heavily damaged or totally destroyed; a number of them go back from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Some of the churches destroyed:
parts of Loboc Church collapsed due to the strong earthquake in Bohol (photo c/o @tokyodrastic on Twitter)
Baclayon Church sustained heavy damage (Photo c/o Anna Maris Igpit, via Twitter).
Loon Church, the biggest church in Bohol, flattened by the earthquake.