Residents walk along a damaged road caused by an earthquake in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental in central Philippines February 7, 2012. Philippine rescuers searched on Tuesday for 29 residents of a mountainside community feared dead after a landslide triggered by an earthquake engulfed their homes. A magnitude-6.7 quake struck near Tayasan town in the central Philippine island of Negros on Monday. Fifteen people are known to have been killed while several remote towns have been cut off because of damage to roads and bridges. Erik De Castro/Reuters
Residents rush to higher grounds following tsunami rumors due to the earthquake which hit the island province of Cebu and other central Philippine provinces Feb. 6, 2012. Rescuers with picks and shovels were trying to reach dozens of people trapped under houses collapsed by the strong earthquake. AP
Bartolome Bautista, deputy director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) points to the epicenter of the magnitude-6.9 earthquake which hit central Philippines on Feb. 6, 2012 during a news conference at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Bullit Marquez/AP
Residents look at the damage caused by an earthquake in Negros Oriental, central Philippines, Feb. 6, 2012. Government offices and schools were ordered to close after at least 40 aftershocks. Reuters
Soldiers shovel mud as they continue a search and rescue operation for victims of a landslide caused by an earthquake in Solongon village, La Libertad, Negros Oriental in central Philippines, Feb. 8, 2012. According to local media, at least one hundred people were feared buried in Barangay Solongan, La Libertad town in Negros Oriental shortly after the earthquake struck the Visayas on Monday. Erik De Castro/Reuters
Residents carry what was left of their belongings after their house collapsed from an earthquake in Negros Oriental, central Philippines, Feb. 6, 2012. Bongbong Woo Tadifa/Reuters
A damaged highway shows cracks at Guihulngan township, Negros Oriental province in central Philippines, Feb. 7, 2012. Judy Flores/AP
Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, second from left, and other officials inspect the quake-stricken city of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental province in central Philippines, Feb. 8, 2012. Jay Morales/Malacanang Palace/AP
Residents stay in open areas with few belongings following a magnitude-6.9 earthquake which hit Sibulan, Negros Oriental province and other central Philippine provinces, Feb. 6, 2012. Judy Flores/AP
Students take cover under their desks during an earthquake drill at the Baclaran Elementary School Unit-1 in Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines, Feb. 7, 2012. The drill aims to help students and school staff learn how to react properly during high-intensity earthquakes. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
Negros earthquake: President Aquino visited Negros province where an earthquake struck Monday. Dozens of people are still missing, perhaps buried in landslides caused by the 6.9 magnitude quake.
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February 8, 2012
(AP Photo/Jay Morales, Malacanang Palace Photo Bureau)
Philippine officials conceded Wednesday that there was little hope of finding any survivors among 71 people still buried in landslides set off by a powerful earthquake, as jittery residents stayed away from their homes amid a flurry of aftershocks.