A powerful earthquake struck the central Philippines on Tuesday (October 15), killing at least 20 people, disaster officials said.

The magnitude 7.2 quake dealt severe damage in Bohol and Cebu Islands, known popular tourist destinations in the central Philippines.

Officials reported several low-rise buildings had collapsed, as well as damages to government offices, churches and tourist attractions.

The Philippine Coastguard has temporarily suspended sea travel in the central Philippines, while some flights were earlier cancelled due to the quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the quake at a depth of about 56 km (35 miles). No tsunami warnings were issued after the quake.

Tens of thousands were ordered from their homes when a tsunami warning was issued after an undersea quake in the central Philippines on September 2012.

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