Extremely Dangerous Earthquake In Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines

Disaster Report: Very Strong Extremely Dangerous Earthquake Recorded In Philippines (Ayungon) Today. The epicenter is just  8 km E Malusay. Heavy Damage Confirmed.

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UPDATE February 12, 2012

-Three survivors found from the rubble, four days after the M 6.8 earthquake hit Negros-Cebu region, Philippines. Two of the survivors were rescued from Guilhulngan City in Negros Oriental province and another from the neighboring town of La Libertad

UPDATE February 10

-Guihulngan Mayor Ernesto Reyes appealed for assistance. -NO power and No water in -Search operation still continues in sitio Moog, barangay Planas, in Guihulngan -Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in four barangays in Lapu-Lapu City. Barangays Basak and Marigondon most affected.

UPDATE 17:07 UTC (local February 9, 2012)

-Some injured people from Guihulngan, Negros Oriental having treatment at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC)
-Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said he is asking the Cebu City Council to extend P5-million assistance for earthquake-affected towns in Negros Oriental
-Found that most people in this blog/Facebook page sending message asking whom to ask for assistance? Now, One can directly contact to Cebu City
Mayor Michael Rama (he provide himself) to his number asking for assistance (cell phone number 0917-3284711 and landline no. 416-8686) -Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) apologized to the public for their announcement of Tsunami Alert which caused panic. Philvocs Lapu-Lapu City officer in charge Robinson Jorgio said, "We want to apologize to the public for any panic that the tsunami warning caused. If only we were given a chance to explain why we announced the warning". He further added they didn't know it would cause panic, because the announcement is just intended for the local government unit

Another M 4.9 moderate aftershocks 64 km N from Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Light shaking will have felt (epicenter in water). People around epicenter are still panicked. MORE AFTERSHOCKS EXPECTED 

(local time Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at 09:53 AM @ epicenter)

February 8; 01:20 UTC

Phivolcs has already warned residents near the epicenter that there could be more quakes (aftershocks) in the next few weeks (click if you felt)

-There is very less chance of finding the people alive under rubble (situation worse due to landslide) So the death toll may peak to 97 (26+ 71 who are missing). Official reports mentions 26 deaths, 52 injured and 71 still missing


-In a question, Can there be more earthquake (aftershocks) in Cebu-Negros region ? Phivolcs warned residents near the epicenter that there could be more quakes (aftershocks) in the next few weeks

Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines with epicenter located 73 km SSE of Bacolod, Negros, Philippines and 557 km  SSE of Manila 

Another M 4.8 @ 10 km depth aftershocks in Philippines with epicenter located 55 km WSW of Cebu, Cebu, Philippines and 72 km NW of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines

13:08 UTC (local time Tuesday, February 07, 2012 at 09:08:05 PM @ epicenter)

-Death toll stands at 52 (some local media updates death toll at 80)

UPDATE February 7; 06:11 UTC

-Death toll at 52

-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) now does not expect an aftershock as strong as magnitude 6.9

-No major damage and no deaths were reported in Cebu province

-Yesterday's quake was set off by movement in an undersea fault.


M 4.9 moderate very shallow aftershocks in Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines ( @ 10 km depth) with epicenter located 48 km SSE of Bacolod, Negros, Philippines. It will have well felt in Cabacungan, Canlaon, Lapu-Lapu and Cebu (click if you felt).
04:05 UTC (local time Tuesday, February 07, 2012 at 12:05 PM @ epicenter)


- Death toll due to Cebu quake has risen to 52
-Philippines experiences at least 20 earthquakes daily since the country is within the Pacific Ring of Fire BUT Yesterday's earthquake was one of the strongest recorded in Cebu

UPDATE 2012/02/07

-NDRRMC (official) death toll at 15 whereas other (Military sources) claims 44
-More than 800 aftershocks recorded (PHIVOLCS mentions 157 aftershocks in the same region of which the highest intensities recorded ranged between 6.2-6.5 Mb
-People whose houses are very near the coastal areas of Negros and Cebu islands are strongly advised to be watchful 
-Classes, Offices and malls suspended in Iloilo and Negros Oriental, some classes cancelled in Cebu city. Himamaylan city declared suspension of work at the city hall
-Recession of water several metres away from coastline reported in Mun. of Bindoy, Landslide in La Libertad and Sitio Moog, Brgy Planas, Guihulngan and rise of water along shoreline in Comendador Beach resort and Mun. of La Libertad 

One of the reader writes Recent Natural Disasters as, "My family, relatives and friends in Guihulngan are badly affected. They slept on top of a hill with nothing but mats. No lunch, no dinner, just sharing pan de sal and ice water. They are in need of water, food, and meds. I hope the national gov't. will help us since most of our roads are impassable. God, protect us from all harm"


-Many people trapped in another landslide in the mountain village of Solongon in La Libertad town


-44 died till now
-40 people reported missing
-30 houses buried, 40 people trapped in the rubble of collapsed houses in the mountain village of Planas, 15 km from the coastal city of Guihulngan
-Majority of the fatalities were recovered in Guihulngan
-At least 29 were killed by landslides
-By 2 pm, at least 80 aftershocks were recorded at the Sibulan PHIVOLCS Seismic Station
-Some roads, bridges and houses sustained cracks
-The quake was felt strongest at Intensity 7 in Dumaguete City and Vallehermoso town in Negros Oriental. In the Phivolcs Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS), Intensity 7 was described as "destructive."


Guihulngan, Negros Oriental; Philstar
- 11 people confirmed dead in Negros Oriental province 
-9 were killed in a landslide in Barangay Planas in Guihulngan City
-20 people remain still missing

-Death toll has risen to 5 with 29 missing
-Landslide also reported
-The tsunami alert was lifted as of 2:30 p.m.

-One child died in Negros after the wall collapsed
-Schools in Cebu City and in Metro Cebu suspended
-Classes and government offices suspended in Negros Oriental province
-The Cebu City Hall evacuated including shopping malls, JY Square in Lahug and the Ayala Center Cebu
-All courts at the Marcelo B. Fernan Hall of Justice suspended
-Some traffic lights affected in Cebu City causing heavy traffic in some major intersections in the city
-Power cut in parts of Visayas
-President Aquino urged people to remain calm and watchful.


Janice Borromeo Sacayan writes to Disaster Report, from Philippines as, "My family and relatives in Badian Island southwest part of cebu was badly hit by the tidal waves..just seconds after they felt the quake..."


USGS has updated the earthquake with magnitude 6.7 @ 20 km depth, shallower than earlier. MORE DAMAGE REPORTS YET TO COME . Check out Cebu earthquake video aside


According to Philvolcs, Max. intensity VII for Dumaguete City, VI for La Carlota City and La Castellana, Negros Occidental, V for Roxas City, Dao and Ivisan, Capiz, Iloilo City, IV for San Jose de Buenavista, Pandan Antique, Ayungon, Negros Oriental, Kalibo, Aklan, Sagay, Negros Occidental, Dipolog City, III for Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Legaspi City, Albay, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro and II for Cabid-an, Sorsogon


The Philippines is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common. A 7.7-magnitude quake killed nearly 2,000 people in Luzon in 1990.


A mall in San Carlos city in neighboring Negros Occidental province damaged. Heavy damage reported around epicenter


The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has issued the tsunami alert for the central Philippines, saying the quake could trigger a 3-foot (1-meter) wave


A child is reported to be killed by earthquake in Taysan town in Negros Oriental province


Felt Reports Received by Recent Natural Disasters 
Daniel Scroggs: My Heart goes out to the Philippine people that they must endure such catastrophe, My wife and all her family are from negros and surrounding areas.Be sure that God is with you and will watch how you deal with this situation. Please be compassionate to each other in these times of need

PrussianBlue from Cebu: I was about to have lunch at work yesterday when my table started to shake. At first I was not alarmed for in all my life, the tremors I experienced were quick, mild and hardly caused any damage to property nor to people around me. But when the shaking increased and made clanking sounds of the lockers, burgeoning into that weird, creaking crescendo of the giant steel and concrete frames threatening to loosen the hinges, nuts and bolts right in front of me..... I prayed for dear life. Now, I am not the type to panic in times of calamity and natural disasters, though it did make my mind race in several directions what to do in case the rattling did not stop. Out of curiosity, I planted one hand on my desk, grabbed the back of a chair with the other one, and tried to peek down the basement which could be seen through the the crevic! e on the floor (normal design of the flooring) and at that point my breath almost stopped when the earth swayed right before my eyes. Little did I know that that episode was to be followed by at least six (more) aftershocks in the span of time from when I left my office till I was home that night. I was so thankful it was over and yet sad for those who never lived to tell the experience.

kyle anthony besanes from Cebu: Woah! I was in our school (Siena School of Naga, Cebu) during that 6.9 magnitude e.quake happened. At exactly 11:59 i guess, i wondered why my classmates were running,i was totally out-of-this-world...i thought there was an ``artista`` inside our campus, but then , someone shouted ``linog!`` ..i was completely stunned. But my classm8 grabbed my arms immediately and so we run as fast as we could to the quadrangle. The entire incident was extremely shocking. I thought that was the end of our lives

Reader from Philippines: My family, relatives and friends in Guihulngan are badly affected. They slept on top of a hill with nothing but mats. No lunch, no dinner, just sharing pan de sal and ice water. They are in need of water, food, and meds. I hope the national gov't. will help us since most of our roads are impassable. God, protect us from all harm.

San Fernando from Cebu: When I went to the air cooler to switch it on, I wondered why it was shaking. About 3 seconds passed before it registered on my mind, it was another after shock. Then 1 hour after, there was another one. God help us! 

Neil from Cebu: Just felt the first after shock... still strong...
Nikol from Hinigaran: an earthquake just hit the town of isabela and hinigaran, here in negros occidental. a tsunami alert was also raised by the municipal govt.

Carole chabut from Cebu: brother & family in moalboal ; went to lindogon simala after tsunami alert ; said through sms everything was falling around in carcar

Nelson from Japan: I have no idea if the report is true, because some people in colon area already evacuated and many people were panicked.

by Phivolcs; gmanetwork
Clare retez from Philippines: how true is this? the eruption of canlaon volcano due to earthquake?

Malou Suson Alcoriza from Cebu: I was eating my lunch around 11:49 when suddenly i felt a very strong shake...I am from Medellin, Cebu...I thought the Sports Complex were about to collapse...coz we were eating our lunch there...as a preventive measure we all went out and stayed on the street for almost 10 minutes..observing aftershocks..I still feel dizzy as maybe as an effect of the strong quake..all classes here were suspended..and tsunami warnings were issued to remind the residence for their safety..I thank the Medellin Municipality of their fast action...and continued updates either online and announcements around the town...thank you so much..

Janice Borromeo Sacayan from Philippines: My family and relatives in Badian Island southwest part of cebu was badly hit by the tidal waves..just seconds after they felt the quake...

Mona from Philippines: ..i dont know what to do pls..help..

Bret from Cebu: I live in the far north of Cebu about 200km from the epicenter and I felt a strong shaking followed by a feeling of nausea. My computer monitor was rocking back and forth. Also we have large fish tanks about 8 meters across and the water in them was slopping from side to side even 15 minutes after the event. We had a smaller quake about 6 months ago about 20 km from us but this felt much worse.
Jc from Philippines: I thought I was just dizzy while checking news feeds on facebook but next thing i felt was that my desktop pc's table was swaying without me touching it.

Neil From Cebu: It was the strongest quake so far i experienced... I was currently in the office. The electricity went out and we hid under our tables.

Maria Joanne From Philippines: It was strongest ever experienced. Houses shook for several seconds. Still tremor!! what is this god!! after Washi!! then This quake Help LORD!!

Gemi from Mansilingan: just got out from home, It was strong and long..still shaking!! Painting fell. table jumped!!

EMSC Felt Reports
Cebu City: I was in a deep sleep then I was awakened by the sudden shaking Of my bed. I could also hear the rumbling noise of our house... was scary...
Mandaue City: Nothing appeared quickly on local TV. 


Power Outage reported


Almost all the Philippines local and national sites and blogs are Overloaded. PHIVOLCS mentions M 6.9 @ 10 km depth with epicenter located 5 km N W of Tayasan Negros Oriental 


M 4.8 and M 5.6 strong aftershocks in NEGROS - CEBU REGION, PHILIPPINES. M 4.8 earthquake (@ 35 km depth) located 62 km N of Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines and M 5.6 strong earthquake (@ 35 km depth) recorded 68 km SSE from Bacolod, Negros, Philippines

in IT park, Cebu; philstar


Philippines seismological center website is currently overloaded


47 km depth with such high magnitude is strong enough to cause serious damage. Presently collecting data from epicenter area where the damage may be extreme. 

Tsunami expected, The maximum Tsunami wave height is  0.1m in Santo Nino, Philippines. This height will be reached 01:35 hours after the start of the event. 

GDACS mentions RED ALERT for this earthquake

M 6.8 extremely dangerous earthquake stucked today in Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines (Visayas) with epicenter located   8 km E Malusay and 9 km E Guihulngan. It is extremely dangerous earthquake and huge damage is expected. More than 207,000 people will have felt very strong shaking of MMI VII. People of  Isabela, Bagroy, Guintubhan, Valencia, Aguisan and Nato will have felt very strong shaking. Damage is confirmed in these regions. People of Mansilingan will have felt strong shaking of MMI VI. Cebu is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu Island and 167 surrounding islands. It is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands.

Epicenter location
72 km N of Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines
74 km  WNW of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
80 km  WSW of Cebu, Cebu, Philippines
569 km SSE of MANILA, Philippines

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  1. Any more damage report from epicenter??? My aunt is in Cebu..hope she is fine;;;

    1. We're about to take our lunch when the tremor was felt by me while the rest were talking. May the Lord God prevent any Tsunami from surging in. God bless Cebu. God bless the Philippines! God bless the world. He alone has the sole dominion over this occurrence. Repent of your sins and live each day for Jesus!

    2. In times like this, we are reminded that our ultimate security and hope for survival is our faith in God . Let us all cling to him like little children. God is in control of everything. Let us praise and honor him with the way we live.

      Armileth Lubiqan for Jesus Christ's Glory

    3. .. why is GOD letting the Phillipine to be so poor and corrupted by a small amount of people and politicans, who are actually supported by the GOD representatives - this is the question, not a small earthquake....

    4. Well you never know why GOD does what HE does. But you have to consider HE might not approve of how HE is worshipped with idols such as Santo Nino. It's not Biblical. HE wasnt' pleased by the GOLDEN CALF either. Read the Old Testament. GOD is the same, yesterday, today and forever.

    5. Santo Ninio means Holy Child. He is the Child Jesus. Cebuanos worship him as our God, not as an idol similar to a golden calf. You should consider shutting your mouth as your ignorance regarding the Catholic faith becomes too obvious...

    6. Unsa imong pagtuo sa Santo Nino, holy cow? Pag chure oi!

    7. i just want to know if there is no further damage happened in BRGY. Basak Guihulngan Negros Oriental, coz in the news it only ,entioned the city. im worried wid ma family, i never talk to my mother since the incident happened. i wish they are ok.

  2. We are 15 kms south of Cebu City on the coast. Felt it here for maybe 15 secs, everything shook, but no damage at all.

  3. 2 Chronicles 7:14
    King James Version (KJV)
    14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Lord, have mercy on thy people!

  4. hai.. am can i ask how tall now is the tsunami?

  5. Its now time for us to be back to the Lord!...Repent our sins...Have faith in God.
    we were having lunch break and children were so scared of the shaking of the tables and chairs in the classroom...everybody went out from the classroom to find an open area.. tagbilaran city

  6. Korek! its not yet too late for the people to repent from all their sins....most importantly, they must know Jesus as their Lord and personal saviour and let Jesus inter Jesus into their hearts....

    1. Haay!!!! people are used to it, remembering GOD if there would some disaster or something like this things happen. Always give your self to GOD....

    2. you're right. some people remember GOD if they need it.

  7. Typical Filipino comments about everything being in the hands of God! Much better to put your faith in strong houses and sensible precautions. This, and similar events, have nothing to do with God, nor will He intervene to protect you. This is a natural disaster, the causes of which are well enough understood and not preventable. All you can do is ensure you build well enough to cope with them.

    Those people who have been affected don't need your prayers. They need practical help to minimise any further harm and then to re-build. That is the best way to show some love and care for your fellow man. Expecting God to do it is just being lazy!

  8. Lord have mercy on us!We praise you oh dear Jesus!You are great my dear Lord in your greatness all things shall dwell.May you lead us to the right path in all our endeavors in life.Guide us thru our journey.Save us from all harm and dangers keep us safe from all the bad elements that surrounds the earth.Amen

  9. After the earthquake this afternoon we had experienced and witnessed two light tidal waves. the first one was like an automobile running from the sea towards the estuary beneath the bridge of Pulo, Baliwagan, Balamban, Cebu. then when the waves returned to the sea it took along with it all the files of garbage. the second one was like rising sea waves running to the shore but lighter that the first one. at this time around 6:50 P.M. we had experienced another strong aftershock causing panic to inhabitants who had just returned from the mountains after being advised by the police that it was already safe to return since the warning had been lifted up. i hope that the government will not play dumb on these innocent people. i hope that they will let these people stay at the evacuation centers at the mountains until tomorrow afternoon or after the 20th aftershock will be through.

  10. my pupils we're having a seatwork when the earthquake occurred, since it was very silent in the room we all felt the shaking.i can't tell them to go out since our school are surrounded by huge trees.it was very scary,but then thanks to GOD,we are all safe...

  11. Europe is freezing to death with abnormal low temperatures while Australia e
    xperience mega floods and Philippines big earthquakes. What is happening ?

    1. This is a trials in our life, how we strong and how we truly trust in GOD.

  12. Getting regular aftershocks now, some quite large too. I don't think this is over yet! Rather than rely on God to come to the rescue I think that we need to sort this out ourselves. Buildings need to be stronger and when a natural disaster happens we must be prepared to help. Just praying and hoping seems a pretty futile activity at this time!

  13. A dear friend of mine is in Cebu right now. God make all of them safe..,Prayers will do miracle...God is good all the time.

  14. are aftershocks stronger than the main earthquake event?

  15. This is the reminders and warning that we should live in union with God and our true faith in him not just by going into the church but putting him inside and deep in our hearts.

    1. why is GOD letting the Phillipine to be so poor and corrupted by a small amount of people and politicans, who are actually supported by the GOD representatives - this is the question, not a small earthquake

    2. Dear Anonymous , That is a Good Question You Asked !! Sincerely are You Sure You want the Truth ? Yes You were Exactly Right in Saying the " GOD representatives SUPPORTED the CORRUPTED-OFFICIALS !! That's Where the Bible Comes into Play !! Jesus Said MY PPL Will Be No Part of the WORLD :: WAR'S,POLITICS.COMMERCIAL COMPANY'S Which STEEL From the Worlds POOR !! Why Just Last Week ( General Electric Company Which Earned over 5 BILLION USD Closed its Largest Company in Wisconsin USA to Move to CHINA and Announced it Would Invest 2BILLION USD in China !!! Yet General Electic PAID NO (( US TAXES in 2011 ..... LOOK for A Religion THat Does NOT SUPPORT POLITICS&WARS :::: U Will HAVE THEN FOUND the TRUE RELIGION /// Great ...

  16. It isn't God who lets these things happen. It is the Church which claims to speak for Him. Religions are organised by men. God speaks in your heart. You may not be Buddists, I am not either, but this quote makes good sense at this time:-

    Buddha said........"Believe nothing,no matter where you read it,or who has said it,not even if I have said it,
    UNLESS it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"

  17. thanks for the comments.. you are right.
    I only wrote this comment to adress the bigger picture for PHI, but I feel very sorry for the people here suffering so much due to natural disaster, but everyday through the corruption, which at the end makes it also difficult to avoid disaster effects, God should tell them STAND UP....

  18. I'm in Cebu and the quake was strongly felt in Cebu City, the second largest city in the Philippines. The earthquake was a jolting action, with sharp and quick shaking that lasted for about 30 seconds. Pretty scary actually, but no damage in Cebu.

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  20. What will be the effect of the rain after earthquake?

  21. lets just be faithful to GOD.pray and believe..

  22. @ February 8 Aftershocks ...it was scary too...

  23. i was scared when my family in cebu text me about the eathquake. my one year and 7 months nephew say's to his father "shaking?" i can tell that its very strong earthquake because even his age (my nephew) he notice how's strong it is.

  24. earthquakes is a remainder that there is God who is watching us.He is the God of every circumstances and he allow this things to happen for a reason.It is a way of calling to return to him whith all of our heart,soul and spirit.

  25. my girl friend in cebu txt me when it happen be safe her name is
    johnylene bejic be safe babe with your two boys and family love you
    from doug in new zealand

  26. duh herro i is big boy frahm duh pillowpeens and i finks dis is n outraage four mah nayshown two bee raped by earthquacks and tsunamemes!

  27. Look I belivie in god and his son but that dosent mean that he cuased the quake. I also believe in sience, and one doese not disprove the other. Who is to say that sience isn't gods method.can't sience be the answer to how and not why?earthquakes r very natural events and are easily explaned. I think god has set into motion a system that is balenced. People must die so that others may live, its called population control.just because he dosent interfaer all the time dosent mean he isn't there, balence is a must

  28. I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!

  29. very informative post for me as I am always looking for new content that can help me and my knowledge grow better.

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