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Philippines Quake Death Toll Rises to 144

Death Toll Rises to 107 in Philippines Quakei
October 16, 2013 8:34 AM
Rescuers are still searching for survivors in isolated areas of the central Philippines a day after a powerful earthquake struck.
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Rescuers are searching for survivors in isolated areas of the central Philippines, a day after a powerful earthquake struck.

Officials said Wednesday the quake's death toll has risen to at least 144 people. Nearly 300 people were injured.

Authorities warn the death toll is likely to rise, since rescuers have yet to reach isolated, badly damaged communities.

Most of the casualties are in Bohol Island, a popular tourist area where the 7.2-magnitude quake was centered.

Several of the region's historic buildings suffered major damage, including centuries-old churches,

Tuesday was a national holiday, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which may have led to a reduction in casualties, as many schools and offices were closed.

Earthquakes are common in the Philippines, which lies along the Pacific "Rim of Fire.''

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Bohol, Philippines
Bohol, Philippines
Hundreds of powerful aftershocks forced many to sleep outdoors on Tuesday night, including patients at some hospitals.

The government is rushing relief supplies to the region, and has declared a "state of calamity" in both Bohol and nearby Cebu.

President Benigno Aquino met with local officials Wednesday, warning people to stay away from landslide-prone areas and damaged buildings.

The quake collapsed buildings, ripped apart roads, and sent frightened residents rushing out of their homes and businesses.

  • A view of the destroyed St. Michael Parish church in Clarin, Bohol a day after an earthquake hit, central Philippines, Oct. 16, 2013.
  • Residents walk on a damaged highway at Loboc township, Bohol province in central Philippines, Oct. 16, 2013.
  • Residents stay in makeshift shelters near the rubble of the centuries-old Our Lady of Light church in Loon, Bohol, a day after an earthquake, Philippines, Oct. 16, 2013.
  • Members of the Philippine Coast Guard carry sacks filled with relief goods to load on-board the BRP Corregidor at a port in Manila, Oct. 16, 2013.
  • A view of the damaged Basilica Minore of Sto Nino de Cebu church after an earthquake struck Cebu city, in central Philippines, Oct. 15, 2013.
  • Rescue members recover the body of a vendor killed after an earthquake hit Pasil market in Cebu, central Philippines, Oct. 15, 2013.
  • Firefighters stand near damaged vehicles after an earthquake struck Cebu city, in central Philippines, Oct. 15, 2013.
  • Earthquake victims gather at the parking lot of a government hospital following a quake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines, Oct. 15, 2013.
  • Hospital patients rest after they were evacuated after an earthquake struck Cebu city, in central Philippines, Oct. 15, 2013.
  • People walk near the damaged Loboc church, Bohol, Phillippines, Oct. 15, 2013. (Picture courtesy of Robert Michael Poole)

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by: Keen from: Philippines
October 16, 2013 11:18 AM
My nation may have been shaken,buildings crushed and some lives taken but our FAITH remains...Many calamities have come and go but we FILIPINOS still stand strong because our FAITH is bigger than our FEARS...

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