SLIDESHOW: Traveller becomes eyewitness to earthquake

Photos by Robert Michael Poole via Twitter

Posted at Oct 15 2013 06:56 PM | Updated as of Oct 16 2013 08:18 PM

Traveller Robert Michael Poole was at the right place at the right time during the 7.2 magnitude quake in Bohol Tuesday morning, but he probably wished the images he captured did not happen at all.

Poole, who describes himself as an art director and bureau chief of Blouin Artinfo in Japan, was virtually the world's eyewitness to what happened to Bohol's iconic tourist spots after the earthquake struck the island.

Poole's pictures circulated via the microblogging site Twitter, and they were also used by news organizations worldwide, including ABS-CBN News, as he willingly shared his photos with everyone.

His pictures of the destroyed church in Loboc not only became the top images of the day but became the focal point of reports because of the historical importance of these churches, some of which are centuries-old.

The photos of damages to the world-renowned Chocolate Hills and its surroundings evoked sad reactions not only from Boholanons but also tourists who have seen these natural wonders.

And he did not stop with the destruction.

Poole continued documenting the plight of the residents who were rendered homeless by the earthquake. He also took pictures of the rescue work and expressed gladness that there were no casualties in the areas he visited.