Tuesday, October 15, 2013

93 killed in Philippine earthquake

A resident walks past a building that collapsed during an earthquake in Cebu City

At least 93 killed and buildings and churches damaged on Bohol Island and nearby Cebu province by 7.2 magnitude quake.


At least 93 people have been killed and more than 100 others injured by falling buildings islands popular with tourists in the central Philippines after an earthquake measuring 7.2 hit the region, according to radio reports.

Tuesday's earthquake was centred 56km deep below Carmen town on Bohol Island, about 400km southeast of the capital, Manila, and was felt across the region. The Philippine seismology agency reported at least 110 aftershocks.

Local radio stations also reported fatalities in nearby Cebu province, across a strait from Bohol.

Tuesday is a national holiday and that may have reduced casualties because schools and offices are closed.

Report says, school buildings had collapsed in Bohol and that the government was assessing the damage and sending out rescue teams from other outlying islands.

Other old churches dating from the Spanish colonial period, which are common in the central region, reported damage too.

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