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7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Kills at least 144 People

A powerful earthquake hit the Philippines on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. At least 144 people were killed and nearly 300 were injured. The quake also destroyed one of the country's oldest churches and caused widespread damage.

According to Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the center of the earthquake was near Carmen, a small town on Bohol Island. Solidum also explained the intensity of the earthquake in a statement, "A magnitude 7 earthquake has an energy equivalent to around 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs. This one had a magnitude of 7.2." Tremors from the earthquake reached all of the islands in the central Philippines, destroying several buildings, roads and bridges.

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