15 Memorable Cebu City Scenes Moments After the 2013 Earthquake

On October 15, 2013, at around 8:12 am, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked Bohol and other nearby islands. Releasing an energy equivalent to 32 atomic bombs, the quake leveled heritage structures, destroyed houses, ruined roads and bridges, and displaced thousands of people.

In Cebu, the intensity 6 quake killed 12 people, injured around a hundred individuals, and forced more than 400,000 families to leave their homes.

Here are a few images that I took moments after the 2013 Bohol Earthquake was felt in Cebu City.


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Guests and employees of Mandarin Plaza Hotel converged outside after they were asked to leave the hotel premises for possible aftershocks.

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Residents of Barrio Luz lined the streets after the intensity 6 quake hit the city.

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Hotel guests and workers were forced out of their hotel buildings along Escario Street.

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Foreign students left their apartments and headed to open park lots in Escario Street.

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Workers and customers of Gaisano Country Mall were barred from entering the mall premises following the quake.

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Cebu IT Park employees waited in the shade for the signal to return to their work stations.

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The building across the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño was badly damaged.

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168 Hypermart along V. Rama Avenue lost one whole glass pane.

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Debris littered the street fronting the old SSS building along Escario Street.

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The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño’s main doors were closed and a temporary chapel was opened at the school next door.

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A CITOM van was seen driving around the city and giving news updates and informing residents of proper safety measures and important contact numbers.

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Vehicles from various parts of the city converged at Fuente Osmeña causing heavy early-morning traffic.

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The Magellan’s Cross kiosk next to the Basilica was sealed off after numerous cracks were seen on its walls.

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The lower half of Gaisano Country Mall’s skywalk collapsed on the road below.

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The belfry of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño was seen on the ground near the main gate after its collapse.


Where were you when the 2013 quake hit Cebu? Let us know in the comments below!

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