A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Philippines particularly Visayas and Mindanao on Monday, February 6, 2012. In a report by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occured at 11:49 AM 72 kilometers (44 miles) North of Dumaguete in Negros and 80 km (49 miles) West Southwest of Cebu. The quake was followed by several aftershocks measuring between magnitudes 4.5 to 6.0. See related report here.
According to Philippine News Agency, at least 12 people killed including two elementary school children. The girls died when walls at their schools collapsed on them, National Police spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said, via CNN News.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake measured at 6.9 magnitude and occurred in the ocean at a depth of 46.6 kilometers (29 miles). Phivolcs raised tsunami alert level 2 in Negros and Cebu, warning residents in coastal areas to seek higher ground. The alert was lifted at 2:30 p.m.
The shake was also felt in the following nearby areas.
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