Philippines Earthquake: 7.2 Magnitude Quake Strikes Islands Of Bohol And Cebu, Death Toll Rises To 93 [PHOTOS]

By @lukeydukey l.villapaz@ibtimes.com on

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines on Tuesday, killing at least 93 people as of 9:05 a.m. EDT. Several buildings have collapsed, including historic churches.

The quake, whose epicenter was located near Carmen town on the island of Bohol, 390 miles south of Manila, hit around 8:12 a.m. local time (12:12 a.m. UTC). People spilled out onto the streets in a panic, according to a report from the Associated Press. The quake caused extensive damage on the islands of Bohol and Cebu.

At least 65 deaths were reportedly caused by collapsed structures and landsides, according to Reuters. Roads and bridges throughout Bohol were damaged or rendered completely impassable due to landslides.

Extensive damage was reported throughout the island, with many historic churches, dating back to the period of Spanish colonialism, suffering among the worst damage, according to the AP. Among them was a 17th century limestone church in Loboc town, half of which was completely collapsed.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, 300 aftershocks were recorded by the state volcanology agency, according to Reuters.

A resident of the island of Bohol told the International Business Times that some residents evacuated into the mountains, fearing a tsunami. But no tsunami occured, since the epicenter of the quake was inland.

President Benigno Aquino III told reporters he would visit the damaged areas of Bohol and Cebu sometime on Wednesday. Authorities declared a state of calamity in both provinces affected by the earthquake.

Take a closer look at the aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines in photos and video here.

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Vendors and shoppers run to safety after an earthquake hit Mandaue town in Cebu City, central Philippines Reuters
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View of damaged Basilica Minore of Santo Nino de Cebu church after an earthquake struck Cebu city, is seen in central Philippines Reuters
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Rescuers retrieve body pinned by debris in a fish market after an earthquake struck Cebu city, in central Philippines Reuters
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Residents walk along huge cracks in a road after an earthquake struck Bohol province, central Philippines, October 15, 2013. Reuters
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The collapsed facade of the Holy Trinity Parish in Loay Town is seen after an earthquake struck Bohol province, central Philippines, October 15, 2013. Reuters
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Still image of residents gathering along a road after buildings collapsed during an earthquake in Cebu City Reuters
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Church officials stand outside damaged centuries old Basilica Minore of Sto Nino de Cebu church after an earthquake struck Cebu city, in central Philippines Reuters
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Residents stand outside damaged house after an earthquake struck Cebu city, in central Philippines Reuters
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Man pumps oxygen to his newly-born baby boy after hospital patients were evacuated from earthquake stricken Cebu city Reuterse
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Firefighters stand near destroyed vehicles covered with rubble after an earthquake struck Cebu city Reuters
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Firefighters stand near damaged vehicles after an earthquake struck Cebu city Reuters
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Residents inspect a car after a concrete block fell on it during an earthquake in Cebu city, central Philippines Reuters
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Hospital patients rest after they were evacuated to a covered court after an earthquake struck Cebu city Reuters
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Debris from damaged building is seen scattered after an earthquake struck Tagbilaran city, Bohol province Reuters
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A resident walks past a building that collapsed during an earthquake in Cebu City Reuters
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