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At least four reported killed in huge 7.2 Philippine earthquake

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BALILIHAN, Philippines – A magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck near one of the Philippines’ largest cities Tuesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Reuters and local media, citing national emergency officials, reported that four people were killed when a building collapsed.

The earthquake hit at 8:12 a.m. (4:12 p.m. Monday CT) about three miles east of Balilihan. The location is across the Cebu Strait from Cebu City, the Philippines’ fifth-biggest city and one of the archipelago’s leading tourist destinations.

At least two aftershocks rated at magnitude 5.0 or greater followed.

Two buildings in Cebu City collapsed, as did the roof of a mall under construction, the Manila Bulletin newspaper reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center didn’t issue a Pacific-wide tsunami alert.