News Release

Earthquake Rocks Bohol, Cebu

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Bohol and Cebu on Tuesday, October 15 at 8:12 am, which extensively damaged buildings and flattened many historical religious sites.  People scuttled to the streets and open areas as aftershocks were felt in many areas of the Visayas and Mindanao.

As of press time, death toll has reached 110.  Rescue operations were made difficult because of damaged roads and bridges. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported two consecutive 5.1 magnitude earthquakes this morning in Bohol.  President Aquino is reportedly in the province to help assess the situation and offer support to people in distress.

According to Bohol Governor Chatto, many people displaced set up tents while others moved in with relatives. Efforts are ongoing to fully restore electricity in the province.

Offices and schools were closed in observance of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.  This has led to the saving of many lives as school children stayed in their homes.

Many displaced families and members of the Church passed the night in chapels or Church meeting houses.

Elder Brent. H. Nielson, Philippines Area President of the Church said, "We are saddened to hear of the destruction caused by the powerful earthquake that struck in Bohol and Cebu.  Our prayers are with those who have lost family members and property.  In these times of trial we always look with hope to our Savior Jesus Christ and his ability to heal our hearts and lift our souls.  May we all join in helping those who are in need to lift and share their heavy burdens."

The church initally released an amount of  P 1,000,000.00 to address immediate needs.

Earlier today the Church released the following statement:

“We extend our prayers and love to the people of the Philippines as they seek to assess the damage from the recent earthquake and care for the individuals and families affected by this tragedy. We are especially mindful of those who are injured or who have lost loved ones.

“Church leaders are working with local officials to identify and address local needs. All missionaries of the Church serving in this region are safe and accounted for. Several member homes have been destroyed or damaged, and some Church buildings have sustained minor damage from the quake.”

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