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Earthquake of 7.1 magnitude hits northern Philippines, at least 4 dead

Strong tremors felt in Manila, halting rush-hour rail service

A damaged building lies on its side after a strong quake hit Bangued, Abra province, northern Philippines on July 27.   © AP

MANILA (Reuters) -- A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the northern Philippine island of Luzon on Wednesday killing four people, damaging buildings and sending strong tremors through the capital, Manila.

Two people were killed in Benguet province, one in Abra province, and one more in another province, Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos told a news conference. Sixty people were injured, he said.

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