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October 18, 2013

Powerful earthquake strikes the Philippines

A powerful 7.2 earthquake hit the Philippines this week, killing at least 160 and injuring hundreds. The quake was centered below the island of Bohol, toppling many buildings in the area including several historic churches.( 30 photos total)

A woman carries her baby past a destroyed church belfry in Tubigon, Bohol on Oct. 16, a day after an earthquake hit central Philippines. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

Vendors and shoppers run to safety after an earthquake hit the town Mandaue in Cebu City, central Philippines Oct. 15. Authorities say at least 160 people have died since the buildings collapsed on islands popular with tourists in the central Philippines on Oct. 15, after an earthquake measuring 7.2 hit the region. (Stinger/Reuters) #

Medical workers revive a newly-born baby boy at a covered court after hospital patients were evacuated following an earthquake in Cebu City, central Philippines, Oct. 15. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

The bell of Basilica of the Holy Child lies amidst the rubble following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Oct. 15. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the church, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

The quake-toppled head of a Catholic figure lies on the ground at Clarin Catholic church at Clarin township, Bohol province in central Philippines Oct. 17. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Residents rest on a sidewalk as they spend the night on a road due to aftershocks from an earthquake in Cebu city, central Philippines, Oct. 15. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

A unidentified man is buried from the debris at a fishing port that was damaged after a earthquake struck Cebu city, central Philippines Oct. 15. (Stinger/Reuters) #

Filipino evacuees wait for food relief in the town of Sagbayan, damaged by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol province, central Philippines, Oct. 17. Nearly 300 were injured in Oct. 15 magnitude-7.2 tremor, the worst to hit the Philippines in two decades. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Filipino residents cross on a makeshift bridge on the damaged Abatan Bridge, following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Cortez town, Bohol province, central Philippines, Oct. 17. Food, water, medical supplies, tents and blankets were being airlifted to Bohol province, the epicentre of Oct. 15, magnitude-7.2 earthquake, 640 kilometres south of Manila. More than 3 million people were affected by the earthquake, which damaged tens of thousands of houses, hospitals, historic churches, government buildings and public markets. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Rescuers clear debris from buried vehicles after an earthquake struck Cebu city, in central Philippines Oct. 15. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

A resident looks out from a window of his family's home, which fell into a river, after an earthquake in Buenavista, Bohol on Oct. 16, a day after an earthquake hit central Philippines. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

Filipino teacher Hannah Jumang-It, cries next to her brother Mark Dave, as they wait for the retrieval of their father, Necitas Mejorada, a lay minister who was pinned by the rubble of damaged church of Our Lady Of Light, destroyed by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Loon town, Bohol province, central Philippines, Oct. 17. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Filipino children help a child inside a home submerged in water on Oct. 16, following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Cortez town, Bohol province, Philippines. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Rescuers try to uncover an unidentified man under slabs of cement in Cebu City, Philippines after a major 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Oct. 15. (Chester Baldicanto/AFP/Getty Images) #

A resident touches the leaning statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Maribojoc Church at Maribojoc township, Bohol province in central Philippines on Oct. 17. A 7.2-magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu provinces on Oct. 15, damaging buildings, homes, churches and infrastructure and injuring hundreds across the central region (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Filipinos walks on a road destroyed by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Jetafe town, Bohol province, central Philippines, on Oct. 17. A magnitude-7.2 earthquake on Oct. 15 has damaged much of the infrastructure across the central region of the Philippines. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel load relief goods onto a PCG vessel at a port in Manila on Oct. 16. Rescue workers raced on Oct. 16 to reach isolated communities on a popular Philippine tourist island that was devastated by a huge earthquake, as aftershocks tormented survivors and the death toll climbed to 107 (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Filipino children seek shelter inside a vehicle as they wait for food relief on Oct. 17, in the ravaged town of Loon, destroyed by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol province, central Philippines. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Residents look at a collapsed Holy Trinity parish church at Loay, Bohol on Oct. 17, after an earthquake struck central Philippines. The Philippines started to clear roads blocked by debris on Oct. 17 as it reckoned up the cost of the Oct. 15 powerful earthquake, with the death toll rising to at least 158. Tens of thousands of residents of Bohol island, which took the brunt of Tuesday's 7.2 magnitude quake, remained living outdoors, for fear of aftershocks bringing down damaged homes. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

A tarsier, a species among the world's smallest primates, hugs a branch after it was evacuated to a conservation centre at the town of Lobok, Bohol, after an earthquake struck central Philippines on Oct. 17. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

Filipino children seek shelter from a vehicle as they wait for food relief in the ravaged town of Sagbayan, destroyed by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol province, central Philippines, Oct. 17. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

People gather around very limited power source to charge their mobile phones in Calape, Philippines Oct. 17, two days after a 7.2-magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu provinces. The earthquake that killed more than a hundred people in the central Philippines also took its toll on the region's historical and religious legacy by heavily damaging a dozen or more churches, some centuries old. (Kiko Rosario/Associated Press) #

Residents queue up to receive a temporary cash transfer given by the government in quake-hit Sagbayan township, Bohol province in central Philippines, Oct. 17. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Rescuers aid a wounded woman in Cebu City, Philippines after a major 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Oct. 15. (Chester Baldicanto/AFP/Getty Images) #

A motorcycle passes by a landslide and a damaged road in the village of Cantam-is, Bohol on Oct. 17, after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit the central Philippine island of Bohol on Oct. 15. Road access to the worst-hit towns on the central island of Bohol remained cut, two days after the quake destroyed buildings and triggered landslides that engulfed homes and highways, regional civil defense chief Minda Morante said. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images) #

Filipinos affected by the recent earthquake wait for the arrival of Philippine president Benigno Aquino III, following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Tagbiliran town, Bohol province, central Philippines, Oct. 16. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

A landslide caused by the Oct. 15, 7.2-magnitude earthquake is seen from Cortes township, Bohol province in central Philippines on Oct. 16. The tremor collapsed buildings and cracked roads, causing hundreds of injuries across the central region. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Students hide under school tables and cover their heads with their hands during an earthquake drill at an elementary school in Paranaque city, metro Manila, Oct. 17. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters) #

A cross stands at the site of the collapsed St. Michael Parish church on Oct. 16, in Clarin, Bohol a day after an earthquake hit central Philippines. The death toll from a Philippine earthquake rose to 107 on Wednesday, as rescuers dug through the rubble of a church and a hospital in search of more victims. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

A 'Help' sign is seen while Filipino children play outside their makeshift tents in rice fields drive on Oct. 16, following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Calape town, Bohol province, central Philippines. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #
 
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