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The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol Tuesday morning was 32 times as strong as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in World War 2, state seismologists said.
Updated 7:12 p.m.) The provinces of Bohol and Cebu were placed under a state of calamity after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake hit the Visayas region Tuesday morning, destroying centuries-old churches and leaving at least 67 people dead.
The Cebu provincial board passed a resolution at around noon, while Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto told GMA News TV's Balita Pilipinas that the provincial council had just declared the whole province a calamity area.
“[This is] to allow the local government to be able to use the calamity fund to respond to the situation in their respective municipalities,” he said.
At least 67 people have been reported killed in the Central Visayas after the powerful earthquake struck Bohol at 8:12 a.m. and caused many buildings to collapse, officials said.
The epicenter of the quake was in the town of Carmen where the view deck of the famous Chocolate Hills, Bohol's most popular tourist attraction, suffered extensive damage.
In Cebu, the Philippines' oldest church, the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino was badly damaged, according to an Agence France-Presse report. The church was first built in the 1500s by Spanish colonizers, although its current stone structure dates back to the 1700s.