Dozens dead after 7.2-magnitude quake hits southern Philippines (VIDEO)



People look at a collapsed building in Cebu City, Philippines, after a major 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the region on Oct. 15, 2013. The quake left dozens dead and tore down buildings across three islands that are among the Philippines' most popular tourist attractions, authorities said.



At least 93 people were killed in an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 that struck the southern Philippines on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

The death toll is likely to rise, authorities warned.

Photos from Cebu broadcast on TV showed a collapsed two-story concrete building. At least two people were pulled alive from the rubble, including an 8-month-old baby, according to local reports.

The roof of a market in Mandaue also collapsed, killing two people and injuring at least 19, according to TV reports.

Bohol Gov. Edgardo Chatto told the AP a church was damaged in the provincial capital of Tagbilaran and a part of the city hall collapsed, injuring one person.

Al Jazeera said lives may have been spared because Tuesday is a national holiday in the Philippines, so schools and other government buildings were empty.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said there was no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami following the temblor, which hit at a depth of 22 miles near Bohol island, north of Mindanao island.

It is believed to have lasted around 30 seconds.

The epicenter of the quake was 391 miles south-southeast of Manila, near Balilihan, according to CNN.

The tremblor was followed by two aftershocks, each measuring more than 5.0 in magnitude.

Watch a video on the quake from Al Jazeera here: