A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the provinces of Bohol and Cebu yesterday morning Oct 15 causing death and extensive damages, particularly to old churches considered as heritage sites and tourist attractions. Buildings, homes, roads and other public infrastructures have also been reported damaged.
At least 67 people have been reported killed by the earthquake with an epicenter some 2 kilometers south of Carmen, Bohol. Carmen is the site of the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. Among the hardest hit towns was Loboc, home to a Spanish-era church and a popular tourist spot.
A state of calamity has been declared in the two provinces. Government units and agencies have been mobilized to provide immediate assistance, and so with the private sector. An extensive assessment is forthcoming. All individuals or groups or companies volunteering to assist are encouraged to refer to this for better coordination and control of the total assistance program.
Stay tuned for further details.
(Photos courtesy of inquirer.net, michael poole, ibtimes.com, abc.net, tempo.com.ph, en.wikipedia.org, thestar.com, accuweather.com, charlotte knowles, interaksyon.com )