CHOCOLATE HILLS, OLD CHURCHES UNSPARED BY BRUTAL QUAKE / INTENSITY IN BOHOL =TO 32 ATOMIC BOMBS

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Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills at the wake of the 7.2 quake that shook Central Visayas on Tuesday. Robert Michael Poole

MANILA, OCTOBER 15, 2013
(PHILSTAR) By Camille Diola - From 18th century churches to natural wonders and popular shopping centers, beloved landmarks were not spared by the brutal earthquake that shook Visayas on Tuesday morning.

As residents of Cebu, Bohol and Iloilo fled their homes for safety, the sight of historic churches and their favorite weekend stops damaged and in some cases reduced to ashes, left them at a loss.

"Naiyak ako," Jesuit priest Jboy Gonzales said upon seeing a photo of the remains Nuestra Señora de la Luz church in Loon, Bohol, built by the religious order in 1753.

The bell tower and several parts of the Santo Niño Minor Basilica at the heart Cebu City literally and figuratively also sustained much damage. "Kakasimba lang namin noong Sunday d'yan, ngayon naging ganyan na," Cebuano Marife Ybanez said on her Facebook page.

A photo of one of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol also went viral on Twitter Tuesday afternoon after British national Robert Michael Poole took a dramatic shot of the loss.

"Even the Chocolate Hills themselves collapsed," Poole said.

Cebu Doctors' University student Gerriejoy Monique reacted to pictures of her school building giving way.

"What happened to my school?" she asked.

Other landmarks affected by the quake are:

Cebu
Cebu City Hall
Gaisano Country Mall
Ayala Center
Cebu Institute of Technology
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu
St. Catherine's Church, Carcar, Cebu

Bohol
Church of San Pedro Apostol,
Loboc Church of Our Lady of Light, Loon
Santissima Trinidad Parish, Loay
Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Baclayon
Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Dauis
Old City Hall, Tagbilaran
Tagbilaran Airport (minor damage)

Bohol quake is equal to 32 atomic bombs - Phivolcs By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated October 15, 2013 - 1:27pm 41 821 googleplus6 1


Filipinos stand by a damaged Basilica Del Sto Nino in Cebu, central Philippines Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, killing at least 20 people across the central region. AP/Chester Baldicantos

MANILA, Philippines - The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol and Central Visayas on Tuesday morning is as strong as dozens of atomic bombs used in World War II, the chief state volcanologist said.

Dr. Renato Solidum, executive director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said the Bohol tremor is within the category of a major earthquake because of its magnitude.

"A magnitude 7 earthquake has an energy equivalent to around 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs," Solidum said a televised press briefing before Tuesday noon.

Solidum also noted that the Bohol earthquake was stronger than the 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, which affected millions and killed thousands.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Bohol earthquake has so far killed 20 people, after causing heavy damages to infrastructures including centuries-old churches.

More than 200 aftershocks have been monitored by Phivolcs several hours after the Bohol quake.

According to the agency, the magnitude 7.2 earthquake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 33 kilometers.

Intensity VII was felt in the provincial capital, Tagbilaran City, where several aftershocks were felt including a magnitude 4.8 quake.

The earthquake was felt strong in several areas in Central Visayas and nearby areas:

Intensity VII - Tagbilaran, Bohol
Intensity VI - Inigaran, Negros Occidental
Intensity V- Iloilo City; La Carlota;
Intensity IV - Masbate City; Roxas City; San Jose, Culasi, Antique; Guihulngan, Negros Oriental Intensity III - Davao City


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