7.2-Magnitude Bohol Earthquake

At 8:12 AM on October 15, 2013, a 7.2-magnitude (Richter scale) earthquake hit the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. As of this writing, 155 people have been confirmed dead, mostly in the provinces of Bohol and Cebu. Many buildings were destroyed, including several centuries-old historic churches.

The quake was centered about 620 kilometers (385 miles) south-southeast of Manila, near Carmen, Bohol with a depth of 12 miles, and a magnitude of 7.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Philippine authorities gave the temblor a slightly higher rating of 7.2 magnitude.

Since we live so far from the epicenter, we didn’t feel the earthquake. But please pray for those who have lost loved ones, homes, properties, and fields. There are many ways in which you can send help, including sending them through your churches.

For more coverage and pictures, go to BBC News or CNN.

Here’s a photo gallery:

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Before and after pictures of Loon Church
Hospital care after earthquake
Damage to the Sto. Nino Church in Cebu City
Earthquake damaged buildings
Church reduced to rubble
Me at Baclayon Church last August, with the bell tower in the background.
Before and after pictures of Baclayon Church
Bohol and Cebu in relation to Manila
Before and after pictures of Loon Church
Hospital care after earthquake
Damage to the Sto. Nino Church in Cebu City
Earthquake damaged buildings
Church reduced to rubble
Me at Baclayon Church last August, with the bell tower in the background.
Before and after pictures of Baclayon Church
Bohol and Cebu in relation to Manila
Before and after pictures of Loon Church
Hospital care after earthquake

About Nollie

Pastor at Big Springs Community Church in Montague, CA. Associate Pastor of Trinity United Reformed Church in Visalia, CA. Lives with Evelyn, wife of 41 years. Four children: three in CA and one in ID.