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At least 20 killed after 7.2 earthquake hits central Philippines

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A 7.2-magnitude earthquake collapsed buildings and roofs and cracked roads Tuesday morning in the central Philippines, killing at least 20 people, AP reports.

The quake was felt across the central region, and people rushed out of homes and buildings, including hospitals, as aftershocks continued. Offices and schools were closed for a national holiday, which may have saved lives.

The temblor, which struck at 8:12 a.m., was centered about 35 miles below Carmen town on Bohol Island and did not cause a tsunami.

At least four were killed on Bohol, said the island's Gov. Edgardo Chatto.

Five others were killed when a fishing port collapsed in Cebu city, across the strait from Bohol, officials said. Two more people died and 19 were injured when the roof of a market in Mandaue in Cebu province collapsed. A woman died after being hit on the head when the quake toppled a building.

Photos from Cebu broadcast on TV stations showed a fallen concrete 2-story building, and reports said an 8-month-old baby and a second person were pulled out alive.

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