December 13, 1999 |
Damage and injuries from a powerful earthquake that rocked the Philippines before dawn were less severe than first feared, officials said Sunday. The quake, which struck the main island of Luzon just after 2 a.m. Sunday, had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, strong enough to cause serious damage. But hours later, the death toll was two people. About two dozen others, mostly children, were injured, relief officials said.