A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists in the Philippines, killing at least 93 people, some as they prayed in a centuries-old church.
Yesterday's massive quake also caused widespread damage to infrastructure, officials said.
Low-rise buildings collapsed on at least two islands and historic churches cracked and crumbled during the quake, which sparked panic, cut power and transport links and forced hospitals to evacuate patients.
At least 65 people died in collapsed structures and landslides on the island of Bohol, 630km south of the capital, according to a report from the region seven office of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The report said eight others died in Cebu and another on Siquijor island. An earlier report had put the death toll in Cebu at nine.
More than 260 were wounded on Cebu and Bohol islands.
President Benigno Aquino said he would visit earthquake-damaged areas today.
"Many of the structures there are old," he told reporters after attending the briefing.
The death toll looks bound to rise. Dennis Agustin, Bohol provincial police director, said in a radio interview that as many as 77 people had died in 11 towns on the island, much of which was left without power and communications.
Four bridges and some government buildings collapsed in Bohol. Roads cracked, with many declared impassable due to landslides, prompting the authorities to declare a state of calamity in the province, along with Cebu.
Renato Solidum, head of the state seismology agency, said the magnitude 7.2 tremor had struck near Carmen town on Bohol island.
Hospitals moved patients to open spaces as aftershocks rocked Cebu, a city of about 870,000 people. Rey Balido, NDRRMC spokesman, said at least eight people who had been queuing for government aid payments in Cebu were hurt in a stampede sparked by the earthquake. A four-year-old girl died in the stampede, said Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman.
Roman Catholic Archbishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran city in Bohol said two people were killed by falling debris as they were praying in a church in the town of Loon.
"The quake was really strong. I have undergone so many earthquakes, but this is the strongest I have experienced," he said.
There were no reports of any foreign tourists among the casualties.