On 15 October 2013, a devastating earthquake of tectonic origin with magnitude of 7.2 hit Bohol and nearby provinces in Region VII (Central Visayas) at 8:12 a.m. Based on preliminary intensity reports, the strongest ground shaking at PEIS VII was felt at Tagbilaran City and several cities in the province of Cebu. Neighboring island provinces of Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Camiguin, Panay, Leyte, and several areas in northeastern Mindanao felt the earthquake at varying intensities of PEIS I-VI.

The earthquake resulted in 222 fatalities with damage to infrastructure estimated at P 2.25 billion. Widespread landslides and sinkholes formed in the predominantly limestone region during the earthquake. These remain a significant threat to communities as destabilized hillside slopes, landslide-dammed rivers and incipient sinkholes are still vulnerable to collapse, triggered possibly by aftershocks and heavy rains.

This paper discusses the post-disaster assessment on the October 15, 2013 Bohol earthquake.

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