Philippines — Astounded geologists said the earthquake that struck the Philippines last week created a spectacular rocky wall that stretches for kilometers through farmlands.
Dramatic photos of the 7.2 magnitude quake’s Earth-altering power have emerged, as the government continues to work on relief efforts in Bohol, which bore the brunt of the destruction. The death toll from the quake is 198 people killed on Bohol and nearby islands.
A “ground rupture” pushed up a stretch of earth by up to three meters (10 feet), creating a wall of rock above the epicenter, explained Maria Isabel Abigania, a geologist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
“Our people have walked five kilometres (three miles) so far and not found the end of this wall,” she said, as experts surveyed the damage.
“So far we have not gotten any reports of people getting swallowed up in these cracks. The fault runs along a less-populated area.”
The institute’s website posted a photo which showed part of the rock wall grotesquely rising on farmland behind an undamaged bamboo hut.
Renato Solidum, head of the institute, said the earth cracks were among the largest recorded since they began keeping quake records in 1987.
The Philippines lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire made up of chains of islands created by volcanic eruption that have frequent earthquakes.
President Benigno Aquino said Thursday that the institute had assured him the worst was over, though Bohol would continue to be hit by aftershocks for a few weeks, according to reports.
“There is no immediate danger” from the aftershocks nor from the ground fissures, said Aquino, who slept in an army tent in solidarity with the survivors Wednesday night. Earthquake today Image: theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com