At least 43 people were killed and more than 30 remain missing as a result of the earthquake, which occurred on February 6 on the east bank of Philippine island of Negros.
More than a hundred people received injuries of varying severity, destroyed dozens of homes. At the moment we are search-and-rescue operations, ITAR-TASS reported.
As reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was a magnitude 6.8, 74 km north-east of Tagbilaran City — the administrative center of the province of Bohol, and focus lies at a depth 46 km. Previously been declared a tsunami threat.
Bali (Indonesia), February 6 — RIA Novosti, Mikhail Tsyganov. At least 40 people were killed and dozens were missing, according to updated figures on Monday afternoon in an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 in the central Philippine archipelago, the newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer, citing local authorities. $ CUT $
The epicenter of the massive earthquake, followed for two hours followed by 80 aftershocks, located just five kilometers north of the city Tayasan of about 30,000 people about 650 kilometers from the capital Manila. The earthquake lies at a depth of 10 kilometers below the surface Tanon narrow strait that separates Negros from the nearby island of Cebu.
Previously reported on the death of five people, including a nine-year girl killed by a wall, and 30 missing.
"I recommend our residents to return to their homes and remain calm. I asked for help from the president (the Philippines)," — said on local television governor most affected by the disaster populous province of Negros Oriental Roel Degamo (Roel Degamo).
According to reports from the island of Negros, the tremors there are still going on, and already after more than six hours after the main earthquake was followed by another — a magnitude of 6.2 points. In many localities of the island of Negros continues panic, people rushed to leave the city and flee to the mountains.
"We are just beginning to recover from the typhoon Sendong, and here it is now earthquake" — the governor said, referring to the collapsed into the central and eastern parts of the country in December last year, tropical storm your (on its own Philippine classification — Sendong) that killed one thousand 259 people, another 182 people are still missing.
According to the City of Guihulngan, Monday element destroyed about 30 homes, in the rubble that killed at least 10 people. Another 40 are missing, said Mayor Ernesto Reyes.
Tremors have also caused landslides in the mountainous village Solongon near the city of La Libertad, said local police chief Eric Errol Besar. "Now we are brought to the necessary search and rescue equipment, as a landslide were buried people," — he said.
The rescue operation while an unspecified number of people is complicated by the fact that the supports of urban bridges cracks, so they are not suitable for traffic, police said. In a number of areas on the island of Negros disrupt communication and power supply.
Although the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (FIVS) two hours later overturned announced immediately after the earthquake tsunami threat to education second class (which does not require immediate evacuation), high waves have demolished several buildings in the coastal area of the city of La Libertad. Residents of the island of Negros and Seba is still recommended to closely monitor the possible fluctuations in sea level over the coming days.
Negros Oriental provincial government canceled classes in schools and in homes dismissed civil servants, reports national news PNA.
Two of the world's largest archipelago — Indonesia and the Philippines — are part of the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire": plate, forming the bottom of the Indian and western Pacific oceans, come here under the Asian plate. As a result of crustal movements in the world's two largest archipelagos frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Earlier, on February 4 in the central Philippines as an earthquake of magnitude 5.9, which, fortunately, did not cause any casualties or damage. But in 1990, a magnitude 7.8 quake killed more than 1.6 thousand inhabitants of the northern Philippines.