Death toll in Philippines quake climbs; some hospital patients trapped

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippines is climbing.

Carmen city, Cebu, Phillipines

CEBU, Philippines (AP) The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippines is climbing.

The quake was centered 20 miles below Carmen city on the island of Bohol, where many small buildings collapsed. Deaths and damage have also been reported in Cebu province and other nearby islands.

More than 90 people are known to have been killed, with the highest number of dead in the municipality of Loon, about 26 miles west of the epicenter. An unknown number of patients are trapped inside a partially collapsed hospital there.

Many roads and bridges have been damaged. That combined with power outages and windy weather and rain have been making rescue operations difficult.

Historic churches dating from the Spanish colonial period have suffered the most, including the country's oldest, the 16th-century Basilica of the Holy Child in Cebu, which lost its bell tower.

The quake also set off stampedes in two cities. People gathered in a gym in Cebu rushed outside in a panic when the quake struck, crushing five people to death and injuring eight others.

However, the quake was centered inland and did not cause a tsunami.

KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 227818901 -
Gray Television, Inc.