Death toll climbs to 161 in Philippines earthquake

Updated 11:34 AM EDT, Fri October 18, 2013

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The death toll from the earthquake in the Philippines rises to 161; 375 are injured

The quake was centered near a town in Bohol province

It hit on a national holiday in the Philippines

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The death toll from the magnitude-7.1 earthquake in the central Philippines rose to 144 on Wednesday, authorities said.

The quake, which struck Tuesday, injured 291 people and rattled many celebrating a religious holiday.

The bulk of the casualties were in Bohol province.

More than 20 people are missing, and authorities are checking into reports of people trapped in collapsed buildings, the Philippines News Agency reported.

The quake was centered about 620 kilometers (385 miles) south-southeast of Manila, near Catigbian, and its depth was 20 kilometers (12 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Philippines disaster council gave the temblor a slightly higher rating: 7.2 magnitude.

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The quake hit on a national holiday in the Philippines, at the beginning of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, 12 of Bohol’s 47 municipalities were without power, and authorities were predicting that it would be restored within a day or two.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, more than 1,300 aftershocks had been recorded, 28 of which were felt. In all, 158,466 people were displaced, the government said. Nearly 100,000 of them were housed in 85 evacuation centers, it said.

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Tuesday was a national holiday, the beginning of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Tourist Robert Michael Poole said he was riding a bike in Bohol when the earthquake struck and cracked the road in front of him.

“It was very strong,” Poole said. “I live in Tokyo. I am used to earthquakes. But this one was very strong. It shocked a lot of people here.”

He said he was able to move around and document some of the destruction, including a giant church that was decimated.

“Lucky thing is that it is a holiday here today and it happened at a time when nobody was in the church,” Poole said.

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CNN’s Joseph Netto and Tim Schwarz contributed to this report.