A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Philippines and killed several people. NBC News reports on Oct. 14 that the number of reported deaths is rising. There have been multiple aftershocks after the earthquake, and damage is widespread.
The earthquake has destroyed buildings in Cebu City. Injury and death reports have appeared from Bohol, Siquijor and Cebu. There are also multiple missing persons’ reports since the earthquake trapped people under the rubble. The Philippines earthquake caused a fishing port to fall, buildings to collapse and roads to crack.
Officials state that there is little threat of a tsunami, but this has not stopped residents from worrying about one. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is monitoring the situation and will alert the Philippines if a tsunami threat becomes real. Aftershocks are keeping many people outside who are too scared to go back indoors. Landslides and collapsed bridges have been reported in some areas.
Many people in the Philippines were celebrating the Islamic Eid al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice. Since this is a national holiday, the number of injuries may be lower because schools and offices were closed. Hospitals have apparently moved some patients to open air areas such as basketball courts, so the structures can be evaluated for damage. Flights have also been canceled temporarily.