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April 14th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Powerful quake hits western China

(CNN) – The death toll in China's earthquake has risen to nearly 400 in a mountainous and impoverished area of Qinghai province Wednesday, an emergency official said on state-run television.

The Xinhua News Agency reported 8,000 others were injured and many victims, including primary schoolchildren, were buried under debris.

The 6.9-magnitude earthquake, as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck at 7:49 a.m. local time (7:49 p.m. ET Tuesday), when people were probably still at home and schools were beginning the day. The USGS also recorded several strong aftershocks - one of magnitude 5.8 - all within hours of the initial quake.

Xinhua reported panic on the streets as crews launched rescue efforts in the rubble of collapsed buildings. FULL STORY


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