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Strong earthquake jolts central Philippines, homes damaged

Christian Fernsby |
A powerful earthquake struck a central Philippine region Tuesday, trapping a family in a collapsed house, damaging other houses, buildings and a seaport and prompting people to dash outdoors for safety.

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Roads and bridges were cracked in Cataingan, the coastal town nearest the epicenter, according to Rino Revalo, a Masbate provincial administrator, and initial images of the quake aftermath.

Renato Solidum, who heads the government institute, said there was no threat of a tsunami from the earthquake, which was set off by movement in the Philippine Fault. The earthquake was felt in several provinces across the central Visayas region.

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