|Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Director Renato Solidum points out on a map of Bohol Province, the epicenter of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake during a press conference at the PHIVOLCS office in Quezon City, the Philippines, Oct. 15, 2013. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)
MANILA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- At least 99 people have been confirmed dead in the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in central Philippines, the country's disaster relief agency said Wednesday.
The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in a report released Wednesday that 99 people had been killed, of whom 90 died in Bohol, eight in Cebu and one in Siquijor.
In addition, 276 others were wounded. Of the total, 166 were in Bohol, 106 in Cebu.
A total of 558,390 families with 2.84 million people were affected in three provinces.
Power outages are still experienced in the province of Bohol and Iloilo, Cadiz city in Negros Occidental province to date.
But all seaports opened in Cebu except for No. 4 Pier, and almost all port operations resumed in Bohol. Airports operations in affected areas also resumed Tuesday.
Philippine president orders rescue, assistance to quake victims
MANILA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Beningo Aquino III ordered on Tuesday all the concerned government agencies to rescue the victims and provide assistance to all the areas affected by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in central Philippines.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a news briefing that the Department of Social Welfare and Development ( DSWD) has standby funds of 8.7 million pesos (201,856 U.S. dollars) for central Philippines provinces. Full story
Backgrounder: Recent major strong earthquakes worldwide
BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The following is a chronology of major strong quakes around the world since 1900:
On Jan. 31, 1906, an 8.8-magnitude quake struck the coasts of Ecuador and Colombia, killing nearly 1,000 people.
On April 18, 1906, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of San Francisco, the United States, killing 3,000 to 6,000 people, leaving 225,000 others homeless.
On May 21, 1960, a 9.5-magnitude earthquake, the strongest afterquakes were first recorded in 1900, rocked Chile and killed 1,655 people. Full story