7 Killed in Philippines Earthquake

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine officials say a strong earthquake has rocked the central Philippines, killing at least 7 people, with others missing.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.7-magnitude quake struck late Monday morning at a depth of 20 kilometers. The quake was centered in a narrow strait just off Negros Island.

A three-story building collapsed and several homes were destroyed in the seaside town of La Libertad. Residents ran into the streets as numerous aftershocks struck the area. The Associated Press reports that dozens of houses were buried in landslides, trapping residents.

Officials say there is no concern of a tsunami, although some coastal towns nearby were hit by large waves.