This wall of rock was created by a quake -- and it's miles long

The Philippine island of Bohol was rocked last week by a magnitude 7.2 Earthquake. In its wake, a spectacular, 10-foot-tall rocky wall has emerged, cutting through at least 3 miles (5 km) of farmland.

All photos via Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The ground rupture lifted a stretch of land by up to 10 feet (3 m) at some points, creating a wall of rock and soil along the fault line and just above the epicentre.


From the AFP report:

"Our people have walked five kilometres (three miles) so far and not found the end of this wall," [said Maria Isabel Abigania, a geologist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology], as experts from the institute 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."

A photograph on the institute's website showed part of the rock wall grotesquely rising on farmland behind an unscathed bamboo hut.

Another house was shown lodged in a crack of the Earth, while a big hole on the ground opened up at a banana farm.

Renato Solidum, head of the institute, said the ground fissures from the quake, which killed 198 people on Bohol and two nearby islands, were among the largest recorded since the government agency began keeping quake records in 1987.


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