Deadly Philippine quake hits Bohol and Cebu

15 Oct

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At least 73 people have been reported dead after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake hit the central Philippines.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck below the island of Bohol, known for its sandy beaches, where officials reported most of the casualties.

People were also killed as structures collapsed in nearby Cebu province.

The quake struck at 08:12 (00:12 GMT) on a national holiday in the country. Several buildings and historic churches were damaged by the quake.

At least 57 people were confirmed dead in Bohol, reports Agence-France Presse (AFP) news agency. Fifteen people were killed in Cebu, considered the Philippines’ second major city, and another was reported dead from the neighbouring island of Siquijor.

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