What ought to be a peaceful and relaxing holiday for the people of Central Visayas turned out to be a day full of terror and fear. At around 8 in the morning of October 15, 2013, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake jolted Cebu and Bohol leaving a lot of buildings, including century-old churches, damaged and lives taken. There have been a total of 2000 aftershocks recorded. Post-quake tremors are still felt up to this day.
Experts have likened the tremor's force that of the impact of 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs making it one of the strongest and deadliest ones to ever hit the region in the recent history. As of Wednesday, the death toll rose to almost 200 with nearly 300 people injured. There are minimal damages in the City of Cebu. In Bohol, however, they were not quite lucky as that is where the epicenter is traced.
Thousands of Boholanos have fled their homes and evacuated to the nearest evacuation centers with not much of their possessions in tow. Needless to say, they are in dire need of all sorts of help from medical supplies and assistance, rescue, to food and clothing donations.
If you are planning to extend a helping hand, you can drop off your donations (in cash or in kind) at the following points:
- DSWD-7 Regional Office Corner M.J Cuenco and General Maxilom Avenues Cebu City
- GK Cebu Office at the old DOST Office in Banilad beside NFA
- Any Island Souvenir Branch
- University of Cebu – Banilad Campus
- In front of BDO Fuente Branch
- ABS-CBN Broadcast Complex Mandaue
There have been false news spreading around about an 8.0 Magnitude earthquake bound to happen in the same areas. Please take note that none of them are true. For one, there are no instrument invented yet that can predict earthquakes. Two, the said West Valley fault can be found in the Luzon area. So, Boholanos and Cebuanos, there is no need to panic. However, it is still highly encouraged to always be prepared for whatever catastrophe that may possible happen.
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