Strong quake rocks Visayas; 28 dead


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.


Wow. That is incredibly sad. :(


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How tragic and sad. May God have mercy on the souls of the departed, and comfort those who mourn and suffer from the tragedy.


Let us hope that those churches will be rebuilt with even greater splendor.


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