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The Guihulngan highway was not spared by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake yesterday.*
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A  quake damaged building in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental* A child died when this concrete fence  collapsed in Tayasan  Negros Oriental,  the Office of Civil Defense said.*

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43 feared dead in NegOr
as 6.9  earthquake  strike

BY ALEX PAL & JUDY F. PARTLOW

GUIHULNGAN CITY-- Only a miracle could save them now.

About 29 people are feared dead in the City of Guihulngan following a landslide in a sitio of barangay Planas, brought about by the magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck at 11:49 a.m. yesterday in what appears to be the strongest earthquake to hit Negros.

"The 29 people were buried in 30 feet of soil. If you had been buried from noon until now (6 p.m.), I don't expect you to be alive," said Guihulngan Mayor Ernesto Reyes, in a telephone interview with the DAILY STAR.moremoremore

Strong quake triggers
panic, cracks in buildings, bridges
IN NEG. OCC.
BY CARLA GOMEZ

People ran out of offices and malls as a magnitude 6.9 earthquake at its epicenter in Tayasan, Negros Oriental, shook Bacolod City and other parts of Negros Occidental at 11:49 a.m. yesterday, leaving cracks in buildings and bridges in its wake.

Fears of a tsunami after the quake also caused residents of San Carlos City to panic but, as of yesterday afternoon, the situation was back to normal, Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. said.

Negros Oriental was the worst-hit with 43 people feared dead (story on Negros Oriental page).moremoremore

Suspended classes,
office work resume today
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Mayor Evelio Leonardia last night said he had suspended classes and work at offices in Bacolod yesterday afternoon following the earthquake that hit Negros Island but things will be back to normal today.

However, he called on school officials and office managers to remain on alert and to use their sound judgment, because of possible aftershocks.

Leonardia issued an executive order suspending classes and work in both public and private institutions when an earthquake hit Bacolod City at 11:49 a.m. yesterday.moremoremore

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