Bridges all over in Bohol were damaged, old churches and several malls in Cebu were hardly slammed when a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the epicenter in Visayas early this morning.
The quake struck at 08:12 local time (0012 GMT) some five kilometers (three miles) east of Balilihan, in the Bohol region of the archipelago, at a depth of 56 kilometers, the United States Geological Survey reported.
According to NDRRMC, hardest hits are Tagbilaran, Bohol; Inigaran, Negros Occidental; and Iloilo City. Earthquake occurred inland so there should be no cause for alarm for a tsunami, according to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr., during the NDRRMC live report.
Flights like AirAsia Zest to and from Cebu and Tagbilaran was reported to may have been affected due to magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit parts of Visayas this morning.
Meanwhile, Tigerair Philippines VP Joey Laurente, advises their passengers from Cebu to Manila to go to Mactan Airport earlier than planned to avoid inconvenience and delays. “The earthquake affected the airport check-in process and is also causing the airport traffic vicinity,” he said.
There are 110 aftershocks felt as of 10 AM this morning. The epicenter was 629 kilometers from the capital Manila.
As of 10:15 AM, there are 20 casualties – 15 in Cebu , 4 in Bohol, and 1 in Siquijor.
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