A magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the Richter scale shook the island province of Bohol at around 8:20 am today October 15, 2013. The epicenter was said to be in the vicinity of Carmen and Balilihan from 30 km underground.
The earthquake that was felt in neighboring islands of Cebu and Panay and as far as parts of Mindanao, leveled the centuries old churches of Loboc, Baclayon and Dauis.
Some structural damage was sustained by parts of Tagbilaran City including parts of the Provincial Capitol Building, the back wall of Holy Name University Main Campus and the Malls BQ and ICM. Power was cut from the time of the earthquake till about 7:45 pm of October 15, Philippine Standard Time.
Airport operations are smooth and was resumed later in the day.
Classes are declared suspended in Tagbilaran City by Schools Division Superintendent, Evangel Luminarias but teachers will report for work to help in the inspection of school buildings and help determine their structural soundness. Private school officials will join the DepED City Schools Division to meet at the Tagbilaran City hall to discuss plans of action which may include the utilization of private school grounds as possible evacuation centers for the province.