Multiple quakes rattle northeast China

2013-11-23 17:46
Buildings that have been destroyed by a powerful earthquake at Gucheng village of Longmen Township of Lushan County in Ya'an City, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Xinhua, Hai Mingwei, AP)

Buildings that have been destroyed by a powerful earthquake at Gucheng village of Longmen Township of Lushan County in Ya'an City, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Xinhua, Hai Mingwei, AP)

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30 000 displaced in China quakes

2013-07-24 16:24

More than 90 people have been killed and hundreds others injured by two powerful earthquakes in China. Hundreds of aftershocks and landslides are hampering the rescue operation too. Watch.WATCH

Beijing - Multiple earthquakes hit northeast China Saturday, with a 5.5 magnitude the strongest among them, according to seismologists, causing serious damage to homes.

The 5.5 magnitude quake hit at 06:04 (22:04 GMT Friday), 34km north of Changling in Jilin province at a shallow depth of 12.5km, the US Geological Survey said.

It was followed around thirty minutes later by a 4.9 magnitude quake just south of Qian'an town, with a similar tremor felt a day earlier in the same area.

More than 58 000 people were affected by the quakes, with 16 094 evacuated and more than 18 000 homes damaged, Jilin province communications office said on its official weibo microblog account.

State TV images showed seriously damaged houses, some with roofs or walls partially collapsed.

Some villages lost power, according to Xinhua news agency.

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan province killed about 200 people in April, five years after almost 90 000 people were killed by a huge tremor in the same province.

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