On Tuesday a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits central Philippines, leaving at least 93 people dead and rattling many who were celebrating a religious holiday. The earthquake generated landslides that buried homes, triggered terrified stampedes and destroyed historic churches.
The national disaster agency reported that 15 of the confirmed fatalities were in Cebu, the country’s second most important city and a gateway to some of its most beautiful beaches. And the earthquake killed 77 people in the neighbouring island of Bohol, famed for its rolling “Chocolate Hills”, while one other person died on nearby Siquijor, which attracts tourists with its pristine white sands.
Authorities said the death toll could still climb, with officials struggling to assess the extent of the damage in the worst-hit areas of Bohol where roads remained impassable and power was cut at nightfall.
Bohol police chief Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin said one of the worst affected areas was the coastal town of Loon, where at least 18 people were killed by landslides that buried houses along large stretches of highway.
The quake was centered about 385 miles (619 kilometers) south-southeast of Manila, near Catigbian, and its depth was 12 miles (20 kilometers), according to the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, there was no widespread threat of a tsunami, but it warned that earthquakes this large can sometimes cause tsunamis within 61 miles (100 kilometers) of the epicenter.