Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hundreds Killed as Earthquake Hits China

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hundreds Killed as Earthquake Hits China

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THE death toll from a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit western China rose to around 300 today, with 8,000 people said to have been injured.

China Central Television said the toll from the earthquake in Qinghai province had risen as rescue workers fought to dig out trapped people.

Rescue efforts were hindered by telecommunications problems, with phone lines down.

The US Geological Survey said the temblor struck an area in southern Qinghai, near Tibet, and was followed by two quakes in the same region.

The quake hit the county of Yushu, a Tibetan area in Qinghai, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

A local government website put the county's population in 2005 at 89,300, a community of mostly herders and farmers.

The quake sent residents fleeing as it toppled many houses made of mud and wood, said Gasong Nima, the Yushu county television station's deputy head of news. "In a flash, the houses went down. It was a terrible earthquake," the witness said. …

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