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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Earthquake strikes the Philippines

Tuesday 15 October 2013 - At least 151 killed and buildings and churches damaged on Bohol Island and nearby Cebu province by magnitude 7.2 quake.

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The quake happened at 08:12 (00:12 GMT) on a national holiday. The US Geological Survey said it struck below the island of Bohol, where officials reported most casualties.

Tuesday's earthquake was centred 56km deep below Carmen town on Bohol Island, about 400km southeast of the capital, Manila, and was felt across the region. The Philippine seismology agency reported at least 110 aftershocks.

Heavy damage to roads, bridges and historic churches, some dating back to the Spanish colonial period in the 1500s and the 1600s, was also reported in Bohol and Cebu.

The tremor triggered power cuts in parts of Bohol, Cebu and neighbouring areas, say reports citing the country's disaster management agency.

More details via BBC News and Al Jazeera 

See a selection of images from the earthquake here

Footage has emerged of the moment part of the oldest church in the Philippines collapsed after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Tuesday.

Video showed people fleeing as the bell tower of the Basilica Minore de Santo Nino, in Cebu City, fell onto the street below. View here.

On the island of Bohol, the quake's epicentre, emergency services said they counted at least 100 bodies. Officials said that 23 bridges were damaged, most impassable, and five roads were closed, making rescue operations difficult.

Officials feared the toll would rise as communications with remote areas were re-established.

The local government had recorded at least 800 aftershocks since the quake struck. The subsequent tremors caused further damage and left residents anxious about returning to their homes.

Many people have lost their homes and have been forced to sleep out in the open. Watch BBC News report here

Earthquake survivors begin clean-up operation:

Three days on and authorities are still struggling to help earthquake victims:

Management strategies and risk reduction:

The following information was released by the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council) of the Philippines. These documents outline the response to the disaster and the strategies employed to reduce the risks:

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Sources: CNN; BBC News; Al Jazeera; Mail Online; NDRRMC - Philippines

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