Philippine quake death toll rises to 73: authorities

Rescuers aid a wounded woman in Cebu City, Philippines after a major 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the region on October 15, 2013

CEBU, Philippines - Seventy-three people have been confirmed killed in a powerful earthquake that struck the central Philippines on Tuesday, authorities said.

At least 57 people died on the island of Bohol, where the 7.1-magnitude quake's epicentre struck, according to Bohol police chief Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin.

The national disaster agency had previously reported 16 deaths on the neighbouring islands of Cebu and Siquijor.