China: Major Sichuan earthquake kills at least 100, over 600 injured – 200413 0850z
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A Communist Party official said the earthquake that hit Chinas Sichuan provinces left at least 100 (Sky News figure) people dead and injured more than 600.
Xu Mengjia, party secretary of Yaan city, which administers the area where the quake hit, told China Central Television on Saturday that the casualty count could climb higher.
The quake, which struck shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, was measured at magnitude-7 by Chinas seismological bureau and at 6.6 by the U.S. Geological Survey.
It struck near the area where a devastating quake left 90,000 dead or missing and presumed dead five years ago.
The quake measured by Chinas seismological bureau at magnitude-7 and the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6 struck the steep hills of Lushan county shortly after 8 a.m. toppling buildings, many of them older brick structures.
People ran into the streets in their underwear and wrapped…
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