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7.2 Earthquake rocked Bohol

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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.