06 Feb '12, 4am

Strong 6.8 quake hits central Philippines, no tsunami alert

MANILA (AFP) - A 6.8 earthquake hit the central Philippines on Monday, killing at least one person and causing panic in cities where buildings shook, authorities said. The quake hit 70km north of the city of Dumaguete on Negros Island at 11.49am (11.49am Singapore time) at a depth of 46km, the US Geological Survey said. The Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology measured it as 6.9 at a relatively shallow depth of 10km centred off the heavily populated central island province of Negros and Cebu. 'One child was crushed to death by a collapsed wall in Negros,' Office of Civil Defence chief Benito Ramos told AFP.

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