Our Watch Center is certainly busy tonight! A deadly earthquake has struck the Philippines near Cebu City and 4 are dead at this writing, but more deaths are expected. There have already been several strong aftershocks. The initial depth was thought to be between 33 and 54 KMs, which is rather shallow and would cause a lot of ground movement.
MANILA– A magnitude 7.2 quake hit Bohol on Tuesday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Phivolcs said the quake occurred 2 kilometers southeast of Carmen town at 8:12 a.m. Four people were initially reported dead in Cebu City, according to Office of Civil Defense Region 7 Director Minda Morante. Morante said the four people died after a structure collapsed in Pasil Fish Port at the height of the quake.
Phivolcs said the following quake intensities were felt:
- Intensity VII – Tagbilaran, Bohol
- Intensity VI – Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
- Intensity V – Iloilo City; La Carlota, Negros Occidental
- Intensity IV – Masbate City; Roxas City; San Jose, Culasi, Antique; Guihulngan, Negros Oriental
- Intensity III – Davao City
The quake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at a depth of about 33 km, Phivolcs said. The USGS also measured the magnitude of the quake at 7.2 but said the quake had a depth of 56.8 kms.
Phivolcs said damage and aftershocks are expected from the quake. Radio DYAB reporter June Perez, who is based in Cebu City, said the quake was felt in the city for about 30 seconds. “Malakas ang pagyanig na aabot ng mga halos mga 30 seconds na malakas na paglindol,” Perez told dzMM. Perez said he also received reports that the quake felt was felt in parts of Southern Leyte province. – with a report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM
This 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near one of the Philippines key tourist hubs on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey reported. The quake struck at 08:12 local time (0012 GMT) some five kilometres (three miles) east of Balilihan, in the Bohol region of the archipelago, at a depth of 56 kilometres, the agency said.
The town lies across the Cebu Strait from the popular tourist destination of Cebu City, the country’s fifth most populous city, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) away. USGS issued a yellow warning, after the quake saying “some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localised. Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response.” The temblor was followed by two aftershocks, each measuring more than 5.0 in magnitude.