Death toll in Philippines quake climbs; some hospital patients trapped

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Associated Press

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

CEBU, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippines is climbing.

The quake was centered 20 miles below Carmen city on the island of Bohol, where many small buildings collapsed. Deaths and damage have also been reported in Cebu (SAY'-boo) province and other nearby islands.

More than 90 people are known to have been killed, with the highest number of dead in the municipality of Loon, about 26 miles west of the epicenter. An unknown number of patients are trapped inside a partially collapsed hospital there.

Many roads and bridges have been damaged. That combined with power outages and windy weather and rain have been making rescue operations difficult.

Historic churches dating from the Spanish colonial period have suffered the most, including the country's oldest, the 16th-century Basilica of the Holy Child in Cebu, which lost its bell tower.

The quake also set off stampedes in two cities. People gathered in a gym in Cebu rushed outside in a panic when the quake struck, crushing five people to death and injuring eight others.

However, the quake was centered inland and did not cause a tsunami.

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058-c-15-(Hrvoje Hranjski (hur-VOY'-yah HRAHN'-skee), AP correspondent)-"especially older buildings"-AP correspondent Hrvoje Hranjski reports there could be extensive damage to some of the colonial era buildings in Carman town, a city of a couple hundred thousand, near where the earthquake hit. (15 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO XBM110: A police officer surveys the damage following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (15 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO XBM131: The bell of Basilica of the Holy Child lies amidst the rubble following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (15 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO XBM113: A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (15 Oct 2013)

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