Big Quake Hits Central Philippines

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DUMAGUETE CITY—A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Negros and Cebu provinces in the Visayan island group shortly before noon Monday, killing at least 52 people, causing landslides and huge cracks on highways, and violently shaking buildings. Officials have issued tsunami warnings.

A three-story building collapsed, while seven bridges were rendered impassable, they said. In Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, at least 29 people were feared dead following a landslide in Barangay (village) Planas, Mayor Ernesto Reyes said in a phone interview. He said there could be more fatalities in other barangays.

“They were buried in 30 feet (10 meters) of soil. If you had been buried from noon until now (6 p.m.), I don’t expect you to be alive,” Reyes said.