- Posted October 15, 2013 by
Dauis Panglao Bohol, Philippines
LIVE REPORT FROM BOHOL Epicenter of 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Philippines
While most of the reports I am seeing are coming about of Cebu which is the 2nd largest city in the Philippines, the epicenter of the 7.1 earthquake is 32+ miles away from there. Here in Bohol we are located just 6km away from where the 7.2 hit. Just yesterday we traveled the south road to Ubay, Bohol passing the oldest churches in the Philippines (Standing for 200+ years) built by the Spaniards and one of the "Wonders" of bohol. The churrch and about 6 others I know about "disappeared in a second" and is left in utter rubble as well as many churches and concrete structures. The tourist destination of Panglao was also hit especially hard because of it's geological composition of sandy soil the Dauis church was destroyed and thousands from the tourist areas of Alona Beach and Tawala fled to the hills of Dauis (the highest point on the island) to escape the suspected Tsunami. It was impressive to see how quickly the people moved from one side of the island to high ground, clearly learning lessons from the Indonesia disaster of 2005. Packing 6 people on to a 50cc scooter strangers helped strangers and all seemed to make it to high ground. Luckily most of the native housing is traditional style built of a reed like material called Nipa. The houses are flexible and light and did not suffer great damage. The concrete buildings and anything with a steel roof (cock pits) kareoke halls did have some roof collapse. Luckily the quake hit in the morning when none of these were being used. The schools here also received serious damage but again, no students were in class at the time. Several resorts with in-ground concrete pools are now empty of their water being cracked to pieces. There are rumors about severe damage in Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol and closest major city to the Epicenter. Cellular service is still working but data is not. This is being posted remote via text. Shown in the pictures is the Loboc Church now and then a picture taken just yesterday. Also shown is the traditional Nipa style house which is very resilient to heavy shaking and the roof (if traditional) is made from light fibre. If not for this , the death toll would be catastrophic. Most of Bohol and Panglao Island experienced a VIII shake index while the damage in Cebu resulted from class V shake and likely inferior construction in the big city.
UPDATE - Wednesday 9:00am ... cell phone service seems to have problems now, maybe backup generators are not working but can not see to get any data or text in or out, have had friends take 4X4's and drive through the island. Seems that Loon and Sagbayan are the hardest hit. Half the town of Sagbayan is leveled, including traditional houses. Looks like the shaking was greatest there.