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8 Dead, 60 Hurt as Quakes Shake Northern Philippine Isles

A damaged house after an earthquake in Itbayat, Batanes province, on July 27.

A damaged house after an earthquake in Itbayat, Batanes province, on July 27.

Source: Provincial Government of Batanes via EPA

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Manila, Philippines (AP) -- Two strong earthquakes hours apart struck a group of sparsely populated islands in the Luzon Strait in the northern Philippines early Saturday, killing at least eight people, injuring about 60 and damaging ancestral houses famous among tourists.

The quakes collapsed homes of stone and wood and roused residents from sleep, said Roldan Esdicul, who heads the Batanes provincial disaster-response office. Footage showed people clearing boulder-size stone bricks to pull out one body from the rubble.