Rescue operations are still ongoing in areas hardest-hit by the magnitude 7.2 tremor here and other areas of Bohol and nearby province on Tuesday morning.
Gov. Edgar Chatto earlier contacted all mayors to deploy their respective quick response teams to areas hit by landslides and where there are buildings that have been damaged.
Tarsier 117, the provincial government’s quick response team, has responded to requests for rice supply by some towns.
Landslides were earlier reported in a man-made forest in Bilar. Centuries-old churches were also damaged including Loboc and Baclayon churches.
Abatan Bridge was also damaged, isolating Marinojoc from Cortes through Abatan River.
Five other bridges have been closed to traffic by the Department of Public Works and Highways pending inspection for damages.
Bohol last experienced a strong earthquake recorded at magnitude 6.8 in 1990.
Meanwhile, A total blackout hit the city and province of Iloilo following the powerful quake in Central Visayas that lasted for almost half a minute Tuesday morning.
The Panay Power Corporation (PPC) had to shut down its coal plant to avoid damage to the power facility.
Engr. Randy Pastolero, operations officer of the lone power firm, Panay Electric Company (PECO), that supplies commercial power to consumers throughout the city, said it would take the PPC six hours at earliest possible time before it could restore the operation of its coal plant to serve its clients.
Pastolero, however, said that PECO would resort to a rotational brownout throughout the city once the 49-KV power coal plant of PPC restores its operation, saying that the power facility is not enough to supply the needs of consumers here.
He also said that PECO’s trouble shooter presently saturates the metropolis area to conduct an inspection of power lines for possible damage it incurred as an aftermath of the strong shaker.
The Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is consolidating reports on the possible damages to high rise structures in this city that may have been affected by the earthquake.
The tremor registered a magnitude of 7.2 in other areas of Central Visayas including Cebu and Bohol, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.
The epicenter of the earthquake that was tectonic in origin was located 2 kilometers south, 16 degrees east of Nueva Vida Sur, Carmen, Bohol.
Tagbilaran, Bohol recorded Intensity 7 while Intensity 6 was felt in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental and Intensity 5 in Iloilo City and La Carlota City.
Intensity 4 was recorded in Roxas City in Capiz; San Jose and Culasi in Antique; Guihulngan in Negros Oriental and Masbate City as well.
The early morning tremor was also felt in the neighboring province of Aklan particularly in Lezo town in that province as well as in Canlaon City and La Castellana in Negros island. PNA