Death toll in magnitude-7.2 quake in Philippines jumps to 85
Last Updated: 51 days ago
CEBU, Philippines - The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol has risen to 85.
Police in Bohol have reported that 69 of the deaths came from the island, where the quake hit Tuesday morning near the town of Carmen.
The quake sent people across rushing out of buildings and homes as aftershocks continued. 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 quake toppled buildings and historic churches in the area.
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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