Last monday (February, 6 ,2012) an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 hit my home country – Philippines. The earthquake occurred in highly populated region of Central Visayas in Philippines.
The nearest populated places are: Ayungon (20km), Tayasan (12km), Cantaup (16km), Jimalalud (6km), La Libertad (7km), Apanangon (6km), Guihulngan (15km), Villegas (15km). The closest civilian airport is Bacolod (73km).
According to various reports, there where 26 people who have been killed, 52 are injured and 71 are still missing. All the missing people are supposed to have been buried by landslides
The quake was caused when an undersea fault shifted 44 miles north of Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental province, about 400 miles southeast of Manila. The earthquake struck at a depth of 29 miles below the surface.
In the photos below, some of which were taken as recently as Wednesday (February 8, 2012), the damage caused by the powerful quake is clearly visible.
A vehicle transporting the body of an earthquake victim tries to pass through a destroyed road in La Libertad, Negros Oriental in central Philippines February 7, 2012. Local media reports say 29 were killed and 71 are still missing as a result of the 6.7 magnitude quake that severely hit Negros island on Monday
Residents carry their belongings across a damaged road in the vilage of Tuway.
A resident stands next to a destroyed house in La Libertad.
Residents walk along a damaged road in Guihulngan.
Soldiers ride their motorcycles past a road destroyed by the earthquake in La Libertad.
Rescuers frantically dig after hearing voices asking for help in a collapsed mountain slope in Solonggon.
Rescuers carry a body retrieved from a landslide in La Libertad.
Residents carry their belongings across a damaged road in Tuway.
Resident carry what was left of their belongings after their house collapsed in Negros Oriental.
An aerial photo shows the site of a landslide at Guihulngan.
A damaged highway in Guihulngan.
Residents use improvised ladders to cross a damaged bridge in JIMALALUD (thanks to Michael).
Motorists drive past a huge crack on a road, which was damaged by a magnitude-6.9 earthquake at Guihulngan township.
Villagers carry a coffin of a relative who was killed by a huge boulder in La Libertad.
Note: I don’t own any of the photos above.