Death toll from 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Visayas rises to 107
Government officials say the number of casualties may still rise.
InterAksyon.com’s J that the death toll from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Central Visayas on Tuesday, October 15 has reached 107 as of early Wednesday morning, October 16. report
According to the report, data from the Office of the Civil Defense Region 7 show that "90 casualties were reported in Bohol, the epicenter of the earthquake," while eight died in Cebu and one died in Siquijor. A total of 276 people were also injured from the three provinces in the Central Visayas region. Authorities 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."
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum said in a news conference that the magnitude 7 earthquake "has energy equivalent to around 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs." It is also considered "slightly stronger" than the magnitude 7 earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010. More than 300 aftershocks have been recorded by Phivolcs as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.
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