Death Toll Rises in Philippines Earthquake

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At least 93 people were killed Tuesday when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the central Philippines.

The quake was centered about 20 miles below the town of Carmen on Bohol Island. It collapsed buildings and historic churches, cracked roads, and sent terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

When the temblor hit, people whow ere gathered in a gym in the city of Cebu rushed outside in a panic, crushing five people to death and injuring eight others.

Offices and schools were closed for a national holiday, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which may have saved lives.

The earthquake also was deeper below the surface than last year's 6.9-magnitude temblor near Negros Island, also in the central Philippines, that killed nearly 100 people.

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