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Oct 16, 2013
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If you haven't seen or heard about it, there's no way you did not at least feel it: A deadly magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck the islands of Cebu and Bohol yesterday morning, October 15. It was the strongest tremor to hit the country in decades. The infamous 1990 earthquake in Baguio City, which had a magnitude-6, pales in comparison.

Homes were buried in the landslide, people panicked, and historical landmarks (many of them old churches) were destroyed.

Quake                                                                    Image taken from Yahoo! Philippines

Yahoo! Philippines reports that at least 93 people were killed, and who knows how many remain injured and/or missing. What we do know is we have a ton of quake victims who desperately need our assistance at the moment, and there are a myriad of ways to help out. Click here to know your options!

In line with this tragedy, here are 10 sound bites coming from disaster experts and the very people who experienced this terror firsthand to help us understand what the hell just happened. Stay safe, everyone!

                                  



Renato Solidum, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director:
"The magnitude-7.2 earthquake is within the category of a major earthquake. A magnitude-7 earthquake has an energy equivalent to around 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs. Compared to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, that had a magnitude of 7.0, this one was slightly stronger."

Elmo Alinsunorin, local security guard: "I was thrown to the ground by the strength of the quake. Broken glass rained on me. I thought I was going to die."

Michael Charleston Chua, De La Salle University history professor: "It is like part of the body of our country has been destroyed."

                                  



Vilma Yorong, provincial government employee: "We ran out of the building, and outside, we hugged trees because the tremors were so strong. When the shaking stopped, I ran to the street and there I saw several injured people. Some were saying their church has collapsed. Minutes after the earthquake, people were pushing each other to go up the hill."

Alex Gonzaga, actress:
"Nagbabagsakan na lahat ng mga walls, kisame, mga lights, so nag-she-shake na talaga. Right after, puro ash nalang siya. Makikita mo, parang sa pelikula. Tapos may biglang sumigaw na 'yung dagat daw nag-disappear. Lahat ng nasa beach, nagtakbuhan, so nag-stampede na."

NEXT: Angelica Panganiban was in Bohol when it happened


Sound bites Rappler.com, Yahoo! Philippines, ABS-CBN News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star
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