A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has hit the central Philipines, damaging structures and killing at least 12 people. The tremors were felt across the central region and people rushed out as the aftershocks continued. Offices and schools have been closed for a national holiday, which may have saved lives. The quake was centered on Bohol Island and mercifully, did not leda to a tsunami.
Bohol has a population of 12 lakh people and is popular because of its beach and island resorts. Passenger flights have been put on hold until the runways and buildings are checked for damage. Earthquakes are quite common in the Philippines, which is situated along the Pacific "Ring of Fire."