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Eight dead, 60 injured after twin quakes hit northern Philippines

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WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jul 27, 2019, 06.52 AM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

At least eight people were killed and over dozen were injured when the northern Philippines was struck with twin earthquakes of magnitudes 5.4 and 5.9 on early Saturday, police said.

Mayor Raul de Sagon told AFP that eight people had been killed and around 60 others were hurt. The extent of their injuries was not immediately clear.

The earthquakes hit the Batanes province, a group of sparsely populated islets north of the nation's largest Luzon island.

Many homes were collapsed and roads cracked.

Many people were still asleep when the first tremor struck around 4:15 am, followed just under four hours later by the second stronger jolt. 

The Philippines is part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

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The earthquakes hit the Batanes province, a group of sparsely populated islets north of the nation's largest Luzon island.