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Earthquake hits Philippines, death toll rises

People walk past the damaged Church of San Pedro in the Philippine town of Loboc, Bohol after a major 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the region on October 15, 2013.
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At least 28 people were killed after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit popular island destinations in the Philippines on Tuesday, local authorities said.

Civil defense spokesman Maj. Reynaldo Balido said 15 of the deaths came from Cebu province, an urban and densely populated island.

The earthquake struck at a depth of about 35 km around Bohol Island to the north of Mindanao Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Early reports of the impact of the earthquake included news of a collapsed building in Bohol, which killed four people.

According to media reports a 400-year old church in Bohol collapsed. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said in a radio interview that parts of the Tagbilaran port in Bohol had cracked and collapsed also.

"I've been in several earthquakes in my life," one reader said on "This was by far the strongest and most frightening. I thought my building would fall down…Power is out everywhere."

The collapsed church provoked emotional reactions on Twitter:

Reuters and AP contributed to this story