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54 killed in China quake


AGENCIES | Beijing, July 22, 2013 15:33
Tags : China | Earthquake | Gansu province |

Fifty-four people were killed and 21,000 houses suffered serious damage Monday in an earthquake that rocked China's Gansu province, authorities said.

The 6.6-magnitude quake, which struck at 7.45 a.m. at the juncture of Minxian county and Zhangxian county in the city of Dingxi, has also left over 300 injured, Xinhua reported citing the publicity department of the Dingxi city government.

As of Monday noon, 371 aftershocks had been recorded in the quake-hit region, with the strongest measuring 5.6 magnitude, Chang Zhengguo, spokesman for the provincial government, said at a press conference in the provincial capital city of Lanzhou.

Initial reports said the quake had caused the collapse of over 1,200 homes and severe damage to 21,000 homes.
A total of 31 people have been confirmed dead in Meichuan, according to rescuers.

The epicentre of the quake was at a depth of 20 km, the China Earthquake Networks Center said.

The earthquake happened at a fault zone in the province, which has recorded 25 earthquakes with a magnitude of over 5 throughout history, the China Earthquake Administration said.

The strongest quake recorded around the fault zone was measured with a magnitude of 8.0 July 21, 1654. That one occurred about 120 km from the site of the latest quake, it added.

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