Earthquake hits Bohol (updated)

IJsselstein, Sunday, 20 October 2013 17:43:39

An earthquake with magnitude 7.2 occurred 2 km North-East of Catigbian, Bohol (09.86 N, 124.07 E), Philippines at 8:12:37.20 on Oct 15, 2013. This was followed by several aftershocks in the Bohol and Cebu in the following hours.

The results are devastating, with, so far 198 people reported deceased and considerable damage to roads, houses and buildings.

The destruction is widespread, with the Church of Loboc mostly destroyed, those in Maribojoc and Loon are completely reduced to a pile of stone, and significant damage to the churches in Baclayon, Calape, Tubigon, and Dauis. Island City Mall and the Tagbilaran city hall have suffered significant damage. The bridge crossing Abatan river (on the road from Tagbilaran to Tubigon) collapsed, and about 26 bridges rendered unpassable.

Update 20 October

Detailed information on the earthquake from the USGS site.

List of earthquakes (including aftershocks) detected by PHIVOLCS.

Some details from the latest NDRRMC report:

As of 7:00 AM, 20 October 2013, PHIVOLCS recorded 2.047 aftershocks, 37 of which were felt.

To date, 185 individuals (of which 172 in Bohol) are reported dead, 583 injured, and 9 are missing.

A total of 703,244 families / 3,542,281 persons were affected in 1,394 barangays in 54 municipalities and 8 cities in 6 provinces of Regions VI and VII

Out of the total affected, 78.585 families / 370.495 persons were displaced and served both inside and outside evacuation centers in the Province of Bohol:
Inside 93 Evacuation Centers: 22,816 families / 113,227 persons
Outside Evacuation Centers: 55,769 families / 257,268 persons

A total of 36,645 houses were damaged (8,480 totally / 28,165 partially) in Bohol. Cebu, Negros Occidental, lloilo and Guimaras.

Update 18 October

The death-toll has risen to 171, of which 159 in Bohol.

About 3000 houses have been totally destroyed, and over 16000 damaged. These numbers will increase, because several heavily hit towns (such as San Isidro) have not yet been accounted for at all.

26 bridges have been rendered unpassable, and several roads are blocked by land-slides.

Most ferry routes and Tagbilaran airport have become operational again. However, please inquire before departure, as many roads in Bohol are still not passable.

Update 17 October

The NDRRMC provides detail site reports on the situation.

Crowdsourced map of damages:

Cebu-Bohol Earthquake Crisis and Needs Map v.2 show in larger map

Update 16 October

The reported death toll has raised to over 150.

Almost 900 aftershocks have been registered, the strongest had a 5.1 magnitude, with more expected in the coming days. A Wikipedia article on the Bohol 2013 earthquake has more details, as has this page on Earthquake Report.

The main tourist destinations on Panglao island have no or only minor damages, and are operating as usual.

Please avoid damaged houses and buildings and stay away from potential landslide locations.


Jeroen Hellingman