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Updated: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:32:57 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Philippines earthquake topples buildings, kills 85



Workers use a crane to lift up concrete block that fell on a car after buildings collapsed during an earthquake in Cebu city, central Philippines October 15, 2013. At least six people were killed when buildings collapsed on islands popular with tourists in the central Philippines on Tuesday, radio reports said, after an earthquake measuring 7.2 hit the region. REUTERS/Stringer Reuters

Workers use a crane to lift up concrete block that fell on a car after buildings collapsed during an earthquake in Cebu city, central Philippines October 15, 2013. At least six people were killed when buildings collapsed on islands popular with tourists in the central Philippines on Tuesday, radio reports said, after an earthquake measuring 7.2 hit the region. REUTERS/Stringer Reuters

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 temblor hit Tuesday morning near the town of Carmen.

Panic ensued as people spilled out on the street after the quake struck at 8:12 a.m. It was centred about 33 kilometres below Carmen town on Bohol Island, where many buildings collapsed, roads cracked up and bridges fell. Extensive damage also hit densely populated Cebu city, across the narrow strait from Bohol, causing deaths when a fish port and a market roof fell.

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