The death toll from Monday's magnitude 7.2 earthquake in the Philippines continues to climb. At this point, more than 90 people have died.
The quake was centered below the island of Bohol, which is in the central region of the country. In the nearby municipality of Loon, patients were trapped inside a partially collapsed hospital. Power outages and damage to roads and bridges have been making rescue operations difficult.
In the province of Cebu, many of the country's historic churches have collapsed.
We reached out to a local Filipino store owner to see what effect the quake has had on Northern Nevada. "We're selling phone cards and people want to call back home...throughout the day," says Ron Leron.
The majority of customers at Manila Hong Kong in Sparks are from the Philippines. Many came together Tuesday to hear the news and make sure their friends and family are safe.
Those we spoke with were relieved to hear their relatives were unharmed. For one man, the damage to the city of Cebu struck very close to home. His family wasn't hurt, but seeing the destruction to his hometown was hard to bear. "This is where I went to school. Unfortunately, it was damaged really," says Raul Villeza.
The folks we spoke with said the Filipino community here in Northern Nevada is sure to come together to find ways to provide aide for those back home.
If you'd like to help out survivors, go to http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate for more information.
Written by Andi Guevara