Guam - The Philippine Island of Negros was rocked by a 6.7 earthquake triggering landslides that toppled houses and killing at least 12 people, including two children. Government offices and schools were closed after at least 240 aftershocks jolted the area. The army put the death toll higher at 43, but the state disaster agency could not confirm the figures.
The Philippines lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A 7.8 magnitude quake in 1990 in the Northern Philippines killed more than 1,600 people.