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Extremely Dangerous Earthquake In Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines

Disaster Report: Very Strong Extremely Dangerous Earthquake Recorded In Philippines (Ayungon) Today. The epicenter is just  8 km E Malusay. Heavy Damage Confirmed.

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UPDATE February 12
-As of February 12, Official report mentions 41 killed and 54 injured. 67 people are still missing
-Three survivors found from the rubble, four days after the M 6.8 earthquake hit Negros-Cebu region, Philippines. Two of the survivors were rescued from Guilhulngan City in Negros Oriental province and another from the neighboring town of La Libertad

-Aftershocks still continues in the region. As of 1 a.m. 12 February 2012, 1,514 aftershocks recorded
-NDRRMC's Sunday update mentions, Quake affected 34,507 families or 185,496 people in 135 villages in eight towns and two cities. Of these, 8,469 families or 42,045 people are being served in 74 evacuation centers

UPDATE February 10

 -Guihulngan Mayor Ernesto Reyes appealed for assistance.
-NO power and No water in
Guihulngan. Electric posts were toppled after the quake
-Search operation still continues in sitio Moog, barangay Planas, in Guihulngan
-Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in four barangays in Lapu-Lapu City. Barangays Basak and Marigondon most affected.

UPDATE 17:07 UTC (local February 9, 2012)

-Some injured people from Guihulngan, Negros Oriental having treatment at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC)
-Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said he is asking the Cebu City Council to extend P5-million assistance for earthquake-affected towns in Negros Oriental
-Found that most people in this blog/Facebook page sending message asking whom to ask for assistance? Now, One can directly contact to Cebu City
Mayor Michael Rama (he provide himself) to his number asking for assistance (cell phone number 0917-3284711 and landline no. 416-8686)
-Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) apologized to the public for their announcement of Tsunami Alert which caused panic. Philvocs Lapu-Lapu City officer in charge Robinson Jorgio said, "We want to apologize to the public for any panic that the tsunami warning caused. If only we were given a chance to explain why we announced the warning". He further added they didn't know it would cause panic, because the announcement is just intended for the local government unit


Another M 4.9 moderate aftershocks 64 km N from Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Light shaking will have felt (epicenter in water). People around epicenter are still panicked. MORE AFTERSHOCKS EXPECTED 
01:53 UTC (local time Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at 09:53 AM @ epicenter)

February 8; 01:20 UTC
M 5.2 strong shallow aftershocks (@ 12 km depth) in Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines with epicenter located 54 km W of Cebu, Cebu, Philippines. As Phivolcs has already warned residents near the epicenter that there could be more quakes (aftershocks) in the next few weeks (click if you felt)
-There is very less chance of finding the people alive under rubble (situation worse due to landslide) So the death toll may peak to 97 (26+ 71 who are missing). Official reports mentions 26 deaths, 52 injured and 71 still missing


-The DSWD Region 7 has standby funds of P1.18 million and a stockpile of commodities equivalent to 3,344 family food packs worth P812,157.60. Non-food items worth P3 million are ready for distribution to affected local government units.
-Food and medicine on standby in the provincial capital of Dumaguete and couldn't be sent due to damaged roads and bridges
-At least 11 national bridges, constructed in 1990s, along the North Dumaguete Road (NDR) either collapsed or were damaged
-In a question, Can there be more earthquake (aftershocks) in Cebu-Negros region ? Phivolcs warned residents near the epicenter that there could be more quakes (aftershocks) in the next few weeks

2/7; 14:55
-M 4.6 moderate shallow aftershocks in Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines with epicenter located 73 km SSE of Bacolod, Negros, Philippines and 557 km  SSE of Manila

Another M 4.8 @ 10 km depth aftershocks in Philippines with epicenter located 55 km WSW of Cebu, Cebu, Philippines and 72 km NW of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
13:08 UTC
(local time Tuesday, February 07, 2012 at 09:08:05 PM @ epicenter)
-Death toll stands at 52 (some local media updates death toll at 80)

UPDATE February 7; 06:11 UTC
-Death toll at 52
-896 aftershocks recorded in past 24 hours
-Aftershocks are still felt in Negros areas
-Most of the aftershocks were recorded near Tayasan town, which was the hardest hit
-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) now does not expect an aftershock as strong as magnitude 6.9
-No major damage and no deaths were reported in Cebu province
-Yesterday's quake was set off by movement in an undersea fault.

M 4.9 moderate very shallow aftershocks in Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines ( @ 10 km depth) with epicenter located 48 km SSE of Bacolod, Negros, Philippines. It will have well felt in Cabacungan, Canlaon, Lapu-Lapu and Cebu (click if you felt).
04:05 UTC (local time Tuesday, February 07, 2012 at 12:05 PM @ epicenter)


- Death toll due to Cebu quake has risen to 52
-Mostly fatalities due to Landslide in Negros Oriental
-Philippines experiences at least 20 earthquakes daily since the country is within the Pacific Ring of Fire BUT Yesterday's earthquake was one of the strongest recorded in Cebu

UPDATE 2012/02/07

-NDRRMC (official) death toll at 15 whereas other (Military sources) claims 44
-More than 800 aftershocks recorded (PHIVOLCS mentions 157 aftershocks in the same region of which the highest intensities recorded ranged between 6.2-6.5 Mb
-People whose houses are very near the coastal areas of Negros and Cebu islands are strongly advised to be watchful

-Classes, Offices and malls suspended in Iloilo and Negros Oriental, some classes cancelled in Cebu city. Himamaylan city declared suspension of work at the city hall
-Recession of water several metres away from coastline reported in Mun. of Bindoy, Landslide in La Libertad and Sitio Moog, Brgy Planas, Guihulngan and rise of water along shoreline in Comendador Beach resort and Mun. of La Libertad

One of the reader writes Disaster Report through contact form as, "
My family, relatives and friends in Guihulngan are badly affected. They slept on top of a hill with nothing but mats. No lunch, no dinner, just sharing pan de sal and ice water. They are in need of water, food, and meds. I hope the national gov't. will help us since most of our roads are impassable. God, protect us from all harm"


-Many people trapped in another landslide in the mountain village of Solongon in La Libertad town

-44 died till now
-40 people reported missing
-30 houses buried, 40 people trapped in the rubble of collapsed houses in the mountain village of Planas, 15 km from the coastal city of Guihulngan
-Majority of the fatalities were recovered in Guihulngan
-At least 29 were killed by landslides
-By 2 pm, at least 80 aftershocks were recorded at the Sibulan PHIVOLCS Seismic Station
-Some roads, bridges and houses sustained cracks
-The quake was felt strongest at Intensity 7 in Dumaguete City and Vallehermoso town in Negros Oriental. In the Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS), Intensity 7 was described as "destructive."


Quake-damaged portion of a road in
Guihulngan, Negros Oriental; Philstar
- 11 people confirmed dead in Negros Oriental province
-9 were killed in a landslide in Barangay Planas in Guihulngan City
-20 people remain still missing

-Death toll has risen to 5 with 29 missing
-Landslide also reported
-The tsunami alert was lifted as of 2:30 p.m.


-One child died in Negros after the wall collapsed
-Schools in Cebu City and in Metro Cebu suspended

-Classes and government offices suspended in Negros Oriental province
-The Cebu City Hall evacuated including shopping malls, JY Square in Lahug and the Ayala Center Cebu
-All courts at the Marcelo B. Fernan Hall of Justice suspended
-Some traffic lights affected in Cebu City causing heavy traffic in some major intersections in the city

-Power cut in parts of Visayas
-President Aquino urged people to remain calm and watchful.


Janice Borromeo Sacayan writes to Disaster Report using contact form, from Philippines as, "My family and relatives in Badian Island southwest part of cebu was badly hit by the tidal waves..just seconds after they felt the quake..."


USGS has updated the earthquake with magnitude 6.7 @ 20 km depth, shallower than earlier. MORE DAMAGE REPORTS YET TO COME . Check out Cebu earthquake video aside


According to Philvolcs, Max. intensity VII for Dumaguete City, VI for La Carlota City and La Castellana, Negros Occidental, V for Roxas City, Dao and Ivisan, Capiz, Iloilo City, IV for San Jose de Buenavista, Pandan Antique, Ayungon, Negros Oriental, Kalibo, Aklan, Sagay, Negros Occidental, Dipolog City, III for Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Legaspi City, Albay, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro and II for Cabid-an, Sorsogon


The Philippines is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common. A 7.7-magnitude quake killed nearly 2,000 people in Luzon in 1990.


A mall in San Carlos city in neighboring Negros Occidental province damaged. Heavy damage reported around epicenter


The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology
has issued the tsunami alert for the central Philippines, saying the quake could trigger a 3-foot (1-meter) wave


A child is reported to be killed by earthquake in Taysan town in Negros Oriental province


Felt Reports Received by Disaster Report through contact form
Daniel Scroggs: My Heart goes out to the Philippine people that they must endure such catastrophe, My wife and all her family are from negros and surrounding areas.Be sure that God is with you and will watch how you deal with this situation. Please be compassionate to each other in these times of need
PrussianBlue from Cebu: I was about to have lunch at work yesterday when my table started to shake. At first I was not alarmed for in all my life, the tremors I experienced were quick, mild and hardly caused any damage to property nor to people around me. But when the shaking increased and made clanking sounds of the lockers, burgeoning into that weird, creaking crescendo of the giant steel and concrete frames threatening to loosen the hinges, nuts and bolts right in front of me..... I prayed for dear life. Now, I am not the type to panic in times of calamity and natural disasters, though it did make my mind race in several directions what to do in case the rattling did not stop. Out of curiosity, I planted one hand on my desk, grabbed the back of a chair with the other one, and tried to peek down the basement which could be seen through the the crevic! e on the floor (normal design of the flooring) and at that point my breath almost stopped when the earth swayed right before my eyes. Little did I know that that episode was to be followed by at least six (more) aftershocks in the span of time from when I left my office till I was home that night. I was so thankful it was over and yet sad for those who never lived to tell the experience.
kyle anthony besanes from Cebu:
Woah! I was in our school (Siena School of Naga, Cebu) during that 6.9 magnitude e.quake happened. At exactly 11:59 i guess, i wondered why my classmates were running,i was totally out-of-this-world...i thought there was an ``artista`` inside our campus, but then , someone shouted ``linog!`` ..i was completely stunned. But my classm8 grabbed my arms immediately and so we run as fast as we could to the quadrangle. The entire incident was extremely shocking. I thought that was the end of our lives
Reader from Philippines: My family, relatives and friends in Guihulngan are badly affected. They slept on top of a hill with nothing but mats. No lunch, no dinner, just sharing pan de sal and ice water. They are in need of water, food, and meds. I hope the national gov't. will help us since most of our roads are impassable. God, protect us from all harm.
San Fernando from Cebu
: When I went to the air cooler to switch it on, I wondered why it was shaking. About 3 seconds passed before it registered on my mind, it was another after shock. Then 1 hour after, there was another one. God help us!
Neil from Cebu: Just felt the first after shock... still strong...
Nikol from Hinigaran: an earthquake just hit the town of isabela and hinigaran, here in negros occidental. a tsunami alert was also raised by the municipal govt.
Carole chabut from Cebu: brother & family in moalboal ; went to lindogon simala after tsunami alert ; said through sms everything was falling around in carcar
Nelson from Japan:
I have no idea if the report is true, because some people in colon area already evacuated and many people were panicked.
Climb on rooftops following a tsunami alert
by Phivolcs; gmanetwork
Clare retez from Philippines: how true is this? the eruption of canlaon volcano due to earthquake?
Malou Suson Alcoriza from Cebu: I was eating my lunch around 11:49 when suddenly i felt a very strong shake...I am from Medellin, Cebu...I thought the Sports Complex were about to collapse...coz we were eating our lunch a preventive measure we all went out and stayed on the street for almost 10 minutes..observing aftershocks..I still feel dizzy as maybe as an effect of the strong quake..all classes here were suspended..and tsunami warnings were issued to remind the residence for their safety..I thank the Medellin Municipality of their fast action...and continued updates either online and announcements around the town...thank you so much..

Janice Borromeo Sacayan from Philippines: My family and relatives in Badian Island southwest part of cebu was badly hit by the tidal waves..just seconds after they felt the quake...
Mona from Philippines: ..i dont know what to do
Bret from Cebu: I live in the far north of Cebu about 200km from the epicenter and I felt a strong shaking followed by a feeling of nausea. My computer monitor was rocking back and forth. Also we have large fish tanks about 8 meters across and the water in them was slopping from side to side even 15 minutes after the event. We had a smaller quake about 6 months ago about 20 km from us but this felt much worse.
Jc from Philippines: I thought I was just dizzy while checking news feeds on facebook but next thing i felt was that my desktop pc's table was swaying without me touching it.
Neil From Cebu: It was the strongest quake so far i experienced... I was currently in the office. The electricity went out and we hid under our tables.
Maria Joanne From Philippines:
It was strongest ever experienced. Houses shook for several seconds. Still tremor!! what is this god!! after Washi!! then This quake Help LORD!!
Gemi from Mansilingan:
just got out from home, It was strong and long..still shaking!! Painting fell. table jumped!!
EMSC Felt Reports
Cebu City: I was in a deep sleep then I was awakened by the sudden shaking Of my bed. I could also hear the rumbling noise of our house... was scary...
Mandaue City: Nothing appeared quickly on local TV.


Power Outage reported


Almost all the Philippines local and national sites and blogs are Overloaded. PHIVOLCS mentions M 6.9 @ 10 km depth with epicenter located 5 km N W of Tayasan Negros Oriental Got many felt Reports through Contact form.


M 4.8 and M 5.6 strong aftershocks in NEGROS - CEBU REGION, PHILIPPINES. M 4.8 earthquake (@ 35 km depth) located 62 km N of Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines and M 5.6 strong earthquake (@ 35 km depth) recorded 68 km SSE from Bacolod, Negros, Philippines
People out of the building after the quake
in IT park, Cebu; philstar

Philippines seismological center website is currently overloaded


47 km depth with such high magnitude is strong enough to cause serious damage. Presently collecting data from epicenter area where the damage may be extreme.

Tsunami expected,
The maximum Tsunami wave height is  0.1m in Santo Nino, Philippines. This height will be reached 01:35 hours after the start of the event.


GDACS mentions RED ALERT for this earthquake

M 6.8 extremely dangerous earthquake stucked today in Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines (Visayas) with epicenter located   8 km E Malusay and 9 km E Guihulngan. It is extremely dangerous earthquake and huge damage is expected. More than 207,000 people will have felt very strong shaking of MMI VII. People of  Isabela, Bagroy, Guintubhan, Valencia, Aguisan and Nato will have felt very strong shaking. Damage is confirmed in these regions. People of Mansilingan will have felt strong shaking of MMI VI. Cebu is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu Island and 167 surrounding islands. It is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands.
Epicenter location
72 km N of Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines
74 km  WNW of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
80 km  WSW of Cebu, Cebu, Philippines

569 km SSE of MANILA, Philippines
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