MANILA, Philippines – Just how powerful was the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas on Tuesday, October 15?
It is the first strong earthquake to hit Bohol since February 1990. (MAP: Strongest earthquakes in the Philippines), and the most recent major quake to shake the country 23 years after the 7.8-magnitude Luzon tremor.
Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum compared the energy of Tuesday’s earthquake to that of 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs.
The energy released by the Visayas quake was also equivalent to that of 951.5 kilotons of TNT, 796,214 lightning flashes, 30.16 million gallons of gasoline, or 1.90 billion sticks of dynamite.