Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Earthquake in the Visayas : Cebu and Bohol Under State of Calamity

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"OMG! May giyera sa Mindanao, May lindol sa Visayas, at may bagyo naman ngayon sa Luzon. Apocalypse na ba?"
A State of Calamity was declared in Cebu and Bohol after a 7.2 earthquake struck at 8:12 AM on October 15 with a magnitude of 7.2, according to PHIVOLCS. The epicenter of the earthquake was estimated to be near Carmen, Bohol.

It was reported that the earthquake damaged at least 10 historic churches in Cebu and Bohol. I am so sad for the deaths, injuries and displacement, and of course for the destruction of our heritage structures. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the dreadful disaster.

This tragedy in Bohol and Cebu is a good opportunity for several leaders to act decisively. Unfortunately the national government is quite indifferent and the bulk of the effort went to the local regional governments. I cannot blame why federalist tendencies are widespread, since it seems that Imperial Manila has no time to help the provinces extensively and this is why there is a widespread gap between the urban and the rural areas regarding revenue and overall development.

In the midst of these tragedies in the country recently, I watched how the Philippine Azkals were a sure win to the Peace Cup title. Congrats to the Azkals for winning the 2013 Peace Cup title! Should we jump for joy now?

More information from the Facebook account of Dick Gordon, Red Cross Chairman:

87 people have been confirmed killed, more than nine hours after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck Central Visayas on Tuesday.

-Majority of the fatalities have been recorded in Bohol province, where the epicenter of the earthquake was recorded.

-77 bodies in parts of Bohol, nine in Cebu province and one in Siquijor.

-Officials said more than 100 people were injured and the number is expected to increase as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has yet to receive reports from local government units.
- As of 1 p.m., two persons were reported killed in Mandaue City, Cebu when a portion of the public market collapsed. Seventeen others were injured.

- Toledo, also in Cebu, six people were injured in a stampede at Barba Sports B-Complex, while eight were hurt in a similar incident in Pinamungahan,including a four-year-old girl identified only as Sheila Mia.
- Cebu City Vice Mayor said in radio interview that four others were killed after a slab from Pasil market fell on them.

- Neil Sanchez of the local disaster council in Cebu told ANC that a school building collapsed in Talisay City and several schoolchildren were trapped in the debris.

- Also in Talisay, a motor vehicle accident was reported due to shaking, while a portion of Monterey School collapsed.

- Damage to properties was also reported in Boljoon, Tudela, and Ronda, all located south of Cebu. Sanchez also said that landslides happened in Barangay Kawasan, Aloguinsan, as well as in Barangay Gutlang, Canulam, Canbantug, Lapay and Bulasa in Argao.

- Several properties and structures, including centuries-old churches, in Bohol were also damaged by the quake, particularly in Loon and Loboc towns.

- The centuries-old Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino in downtown Cebu City also sustained damages.
- The famous Baclayon church in Bohol also had cracks in its facade and its belfry was damaged, said Tagbilaran Archbishop Leonardo Medroso.

- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum Jr. said in a radio interview that there is no indication the quake on Tuesday can cause a tsunami since its origin is inland. Phivolcs has so far recorded 110 aftershocks since the magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Bohol at 8:12 a.m. Tuesday, with the epicenter at two kilometers southeast of Carmen, Bohol. Info from Rico Miguel Monte Martinez of RED CROSS Cebu 14.

*Photo credits above from Twitter user @tokyodrastic - Robert Michael Poole

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  1. I feel sad that I can't do anything to support those victims of earthquake. The only thing that I could do now is to pray for them.

    1. You can influence people online and invite those who are capable to help.


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