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Philippines: Deadly quake kills 20 people

15th Oct 2013
Philippines: Deadly quake kills 20 people


A 7.2-magnitude earthquake in central Philippines has killed at least 20 people. The quake downed buildings, cracked roads and damaged some of the county’s oldest Catholic churches.

The tremor occurred Tuesday morning 33 kilometers (20 miles) south-east of Carmen town in Bohol Island, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The quake hit three islands that are among the most popular tourist attractions in the country, authorities said.

Most of the deaths from the quake have been reported from nearby Cebu province, an urban and more densely populated island.

The quake caused roads to crack and buildings to collapse including at least three of the oldest Catholic churches in the Philippines.

Two of the churches are located in Bohol province, the epicenter of the tremor.

The 17th-century Church of San Pedro in Loboc town crumbled (pictured above), with nearly half of it reduced to rubble. Part of the late 16th century Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon also caved in, according to local officials.

In Cebu City, the bell tower of the 385-year-old Basilica del Santo Nino also fell.

Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common in the Philippines, which lies along the chain of islands known as the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

hc/jr (AP, AFP, dpa)


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