Sunday, October 20, 2013

2101 Aftershocks in Visayas

Eight aftershocks felt on Sunday afternoon

MANILA -- A total of 2,101 aftershocks have already been recorded in the Visayas days after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.
Of this, 41 have been felt, including one that registered at a magnitude 4.8 at around 4:05 p.m. in Tagbilaran on Sunday. In fact, a total of 10 aftershocks have been felt in Bohol and Cebu this afternoon alone.

These strong aftershocks have forced residents to run to the streets again, out of fear these could be as strong as the major earthquake felt on Tuesday.

The death toll from a killer quake is likely to approach 200 as rescue teams focused on finding dead bodies buried under landslides and fallen structures, an official said Sunday.
A total of 185 deaths have been confirmed so far from the 7.1 quake that shook the tourist island of Bohol on Tuesday, toppling bridges, shattering roads, causing landslides and reducing historic churches to rubble.

Bohol suffered 172 dead alone with over 120 dead from falling structures, said Augusto Escopia, the island's information officer.

"Our conservative estimate is that there are roughly 180 to 185 dead in Bohol alone," he told AFP, a day after authorities halted the search for survivors and focused on recovering dead bodies.

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