Cebu villagers fear sleeping inside after quake
CEBU - Residents of the island of Cebu were too frightened to sleep inside on Tuesday, after a powerful earthquake killed at least 74 people in the Philippines.
The quake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists causing widespread damage to infrastructure, officials said.
Low-rise buildings collapsed on at least two islands and historic churches in the predominantly Catholic country cracked and crumbled during the quake, which sparked panic, cut power and transport links and forced hospitals to evacuate patients.
Hospitals moved patients to open spaces as aftershocks rocked Cebu, a city of about 870,000 people.
Some preferred to wait in the hospital's lobby rather than in their beds.
"We were on the fourth floor and we experienced the intensity. For the whole day, we felt the tremors, that is why we decided to move down to the lobby while waiting," said Raymundo Gonzales, whose daughter was being treated in the hospital.
Other Cebu residents set up camp in public parks, not wanting to risk possible aftershocks at home.
"When we were at home, we could feel the aftershocks when we were lying down and we panicked. That is why we decided to stay here, for our safety," said student Dayden Ochea.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said eight people had died on Cebu, an earlier report had put the death toll at nine.