Wednesday, April 14, 2010

7.1 quake in China kills 400

The quake strikes a remote area of Qinghai province in western China that is mostly populated by Tibetans. About 8,000 are injured.
Reporting from BeijingAn earthquake that Chinese officials measured at magnitude 7.1 rocked a remote, mostly Tibetan-populated county in western China early Wednesday, killing at least 400 people and injuring at least 8,000, according to state television reports.
The quake struck in Qinghai province about 20 miles from the county seat of Yushu, where it toppled houses, an elementary school and part of a Buddhist tower in a public park and seriously damaged the main hospital in town, officials told Chinese media."In a flash, the houses went down. It was a terrible earthquake," one witness said.

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