7.2 Earthquake rocked Bohol
The force of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that shook the Visayas and Mindanao Tuesday morning was said to be as strong as “32 Hiroshima bombs,” the country’s top seismologist said.
Director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Renato Solidum shared to Philippine Daily Inquirer that the quake was the strongest in the Visayas and Mindanao in 23 years.
Solidum added that the movement of the East Bohol fault promped the tremble, which happened at 8:12 a.m. with its epicenter located two kilometers southeast of the town of Carmen in Bohol. It took place 33 kilometers below the surface of the earth, he said.
In Phivolcs records, the earthquake caused “ground fissures, landslides, rockfalls, ground subsidence and collapse, sand or mud fountaining and sudden increase on the sea level.
Most of the signs were specifically observed and felt by the towns of Jagna, Valencia, Duero, Guindulman and Garcia Hernandez. The force of the incoming waves from the sea caused Alijuan River in Duero to flow inland immediately after the earthquake.”
Meanwhile, Phivolcs recorded Tuesday noon that 137 aftershocks were encountered in Carmen and Tagbilaran towns in Bohol the strongest of which had a magnitude of 4.3 and occurred at 9:37 a.m. It was felt at Intensity IV in Tagbilaran City.