Photos from the Visayas after the magnitude 6.9 Earthquake that hit the region

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(AP) MANILA, Philippines - A strong earthquake in the central Philippines killed at least five people Monday as it destroyed buildings and triggered landslides that buried dozens of houses, trapping residents. At least 29 people were missing.

The 6.8-magnitude quake, in a narrow strait just off Negros Island, caused a landslide in Guihulngan, a city of about 180,000 people in Negros Oriental province. As many as 30 houses were buried and at least 29 people were missing, Mayor Ernesto Reyes said.

Reyes said that four people died there, including a student at a college and two others in an elementary school. Another person died in the collapse of a town market.

The quake, which hit at 11:49 a.m. (3:49 a.m. GMT), triggered another landslide in the mountain village of Solongon in La Libertad town, also in Negros Oriental. An unknown number of people were trapped, said La Libertad police chief inspector Eric Arrol Besario. -

Guihulngan,Negros Oriental (Photo credit: @kathysoberano)

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Downtown Cebu (Photo credit: Dengdonggabe Rosell)

At the Ayala IT park in Cebu (Photo credit:



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