A 7.2-magnitude earthquake razed buildings, cracked roads and knocked down the bell tower of the Philippines’ oldest church on Tuesday morning, killing at least 20 people across the central region. Earthquakes are common in the Philippines, which lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” Offices and schools were closed for a national holiday, which may have saved lives. The temblor, which struck at 08:12, was centred about 33 kilometres (20 miles) below Carmen town on Bohol Island and did not cause a tsunami.
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