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Killer quake shakes central Philippines

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Philippines earthquake (AP photo)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The central Philippines has been hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

At least 20 people are known to have been killed.

The quake sent people across rushing out of buildings and homes as aftershocks continued Tuesday. However, offices and schools were closed for a national holiday, which may lower casualties.

The earthquake struck about 35 miles deep, below Carmen town on Bohol Island. It did not cause a tsunami in the seas around the archipelago.

The regional military commander has recalled soldiers from the holiday furlough to respond to the quake.

Bohol has a population of 1.2 million and is popular among foreigners because of its beach and island resorts. Nearby Cebu province has a population of more than 2.6 million people

Earthquakes are common in the Philippines, which lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

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